Instructions Law and Legal Definition
Instructions are directives given by a judge to a jury during a trial. The instructions prescribe the manner in which the jurors should proceed in deciding the case at bar.
By way of jury instructions, the judge explains to the jury the requirements of law before the jury begins deliberations of the questions it must answer and the law governing the case. The instructions are given rally to the jury after the attorneys have presented all the evidence and have made final arguments, but before the jury begins deliberations. A limiting instruction is a judge’s instruction to a jury concerning trial testimony and exhibits that have been received only for a limited purpose. Jury instructions ordinarily include a statement of the question of fact for determination by the jury, as well as a statement of the laws applicable to the facts of the case.
Legal Definition list
- Instructional Systems Development [Aeronautics and Space]
- Instructional Staff [Education]
- Instructional Programming [Education]
- Institutionalized Individual [Education]
- Instrument Flight Rules
- Instrument Issued for Value
- Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL)
- Instrumental Aggression