7th Circuit seeks public comment on civil jury instructions

April 25, 2016

The 7th Circuit Pattern Jury Instruction Committee has released revised pattern Section 1983 civil jury instructions which will be available for comment through Friday.

The changes include new instructions on public employee’s First Amendment political affiliation claims; Fourth Amendment: Terry stops, medical care for arrestees, excessive detention that is less than 48 hours; failure to protect from self-harm; equal protection: class of one; due process: state-created danger and compensatory damages in prisoner cases. The instructions also include reorganization of some statutes and creation of new sections from older statutes.

The proposed changes can be found here.

Comments can be emailed to robert_miller@innd.uscourts.gov with a subject line of “Pattern patent instruction comment” or mailed to Judge Robert Miller at United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, 204 S. Main St., South Bend, IN 46601.


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