IJA seminars address new jury instructions

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The “Say What?! Seminars” are coming to locations throughout the state to help those in the legal profession learn about Indiana’s new, “plain English” civil jury instructions.

A “completely new edition” of the Indiana Civil Jury Instructions will be published this fall featuring the instructions without all the legalese. The Indiana Judges Association is conducting the seminars in October; registration began Aug. 16.

The seminars will focus on why plain English is important, the process the committee used to draft the instructions, and how the new models are part of overall jury reform in Indiana.

Even if an attorney doesn’t try cases before a jury, the association said the seminars are still relevant. The instructions and the comments that accompany them provide an up-to-date summary of Indiana law on at least 16 different subject matters including car accidents, medical malpractice, products liability, and defamation.

Those attending the seminars can examine some of the new instructions and talk with members of the committee who wrote them. The committee was comprised of 12 trial judges and one Court of Appeals judge.

The seminar is $145 and offers 3 continuing legal education credits, including 1 hour of ethics. Registration is online at

Seminars are: 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Oct. 6 at Primo Hall, Plainfield; 1-4:15 p.m. Oct. 11 at Radisson at Star Plaza, Merrillville; 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Oct. 12 at Marriott Downtown, South Bend; 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Oct. 13 at Courtyard Downtown, Fort Wayne; 1-4:15 p.m. Oct. 18 at Kye’s Conference Center, Jeffersonville; 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Oct. 19 at Marriott Hotel, Evansville; and 1-4:15 p.m. Oct. 21 at Hilton Indianapolis North, Indianapolis.•


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  1. This is ridiculous. Most JDs not practicing law don't know squat to justify calling themselves a lawyer. Maybe they should try visiting the inside of a courtroom before they go around calling themselves lawyers. This kind of promotional BS just increases the volume of people with JDs that are underqualified thereby dragging all the rest of us down likewise.

  2. I think it is safe to say that those Hoosier's with the most confidence in the Indiana judicial system are those Hoosier's who have never had the displeasure of dealing with the Hoosier court system.

  3. I have an open CHINS case I failed a urine screen I have since got clean completed IOP classes now in after care passed home inspection my x sister in law has my children I still don't even have unsupervised when I have been clean for over 4 months my x sister wants to keep the lids for good n has my case working with her I just discovered n have proof that at one of my hearing dcs case worker stated in court to the judge that a screen was dirty which caused me not to have unsupervised this was at the beginning two weeks after my initial screen I thought the weed could have still been in my system was upset because they were suppose to check levels n see if it was going down since this was only a few weeks after initial instead they said dirty I recently requested all of my screens from redwood because I take prescriptions that will show up n I was having my doctor look at levels to verify that matched what I was prescripted because dcs case worker accused me of abuseing when I got my screens I found out that screen I took that dcs case worker stated in court to judge that caused me to not get granted unsupervised was actually negative what can I do about this this is a serious issue saying a parent failed a screen in court to judge when they didn't please advise

  4. I have a degree at law, recent MS in regulatory studies. Licensed in KS, admitted b4 S& 7th circuit, but not to Indiana bar due to political correctness. Blacklisted, nearly unemployable due to hostile state action. Big Idea: Headwinds can overcome, esp for those not within the contours of the bell curve, the Lego Movie happiness set forth above. That said, even without the blacklisting for holding ideas unacceptable to the Glorious State, I think the idea presented above that a law degree open many vistas other than being a galley slave to elitist lawyers is pretty much laughable. (Did the law professors of Indiana pay for this to be published?)

  5. Joe, you might want to do some reading on the fate of Hoosier whistleblowers before you get your expectations raised up.