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Jan 9, 2011 12:38 PM by Chris Welty

Committee to Study ways to Simplify Jury Instructions

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A committee will study ways to simplify
instructions that jurors are given before they start deliberating
verdicts in state civil cases in Louisiana.
Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Catherine Kimball says the
legal instructions should be in plain language so juries are not
confused.
According to The Times-Picayune, Kimball's appointments to the
panel include chairman H. Alston Johnson III, a Baton Rouge lawyer.
Also on the committee are Judges James Stewart of the 2nd
Circuit Court of Appeal, Rosemary Ledet of Orleans Parish Civil
District Court, Judge Guy Holdridge of the 23rd Judicial District
and Baton Rouge attorney Julie Baxter.
Supreme Court spokeswoman Valerie Willard said changes could be
ordered by the high court or by the Legislature.

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