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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 https://ijc.sufoo.com/forms/say-what-seminars-2010/.

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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