Mississippi Model Jury Instructions Commission


Mississippi Model Jury Instructions Commission

The Supreme Court created the Mississippi Model Jury Instructions Commission in an order entered on Dec. 30, 2008. The commission’s purpose is to examine jury instructions used in state courts and recommend plain language instructions which would offer clearer guidance regarding application of the law for the lay persons who serve on juries.

The Commission is charged to conduct a comprehensive examination of jury instructions now in use and to recommend to the Supreme Court revised, modified and simplified instructions as needed. Emphasis is to be on instructions which give jurors guidance as to the law applicable to the cases before them in clear and concise language understandable to the jurors without legal training. residing Justice George C. Carlson Jr. of Batesville is chair of the 22-member commission.

Members
Court of Appeals Judge David M. Ishee, Gulfport
Circuit Judge James T. Kitchens Jr., Columbus
Circuit Judge Clarence E. Morgan III, Kosciusko
Circuit Judge Betty W. Sanders, Greenwood
County Court Judge Michael W. McPhail, Hattiesburg
professor emeritus Guthrie T. Abbott, Oxford, representing the University of Mississippi School of Law
Assistant District Attorney Archibald W. Bullard, Corinth, representing the Mississippi Prosecutors Association
attorney Ramel L. Cotton, Jackson, representing the Magnolia Bar Association
Mississippi Judicial College Executive Director Cynthia D. Davis, Oxford
attorney C. Joy Harkness, Meridian, representing the Mississippi Bar
Special Assistant Attorney General John R. Henry
attorney James E. Lappan of the Mississippi Office of Capital Defense Counsel, Jackson, representing the Mississippi Public Defenders Association
attorney James R. Moore Jr., Ridgeland, representing the Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association
Mississippi Judicial College Staff Attorney Carole E. Murphey, Batesville
Libby Riley, Meridian, representing the Governor
Assistant District Attorney Archibald W. Bullard, Corinth, representing the Mississippi Prosecutors Association
attorney Lance L. Stevens, Jackson, representing the Mississippi Association for Justice
attorney Forrest W. Stringfellow, Jackson, representing the Mississippi College School of Law
attorney R. Keith Foreman, Ridgeland, representing the Lieutenant Governor
attorney Forrest W. Stringfellow, Jackson, representing the Mississippi College School of Law
businessman Jimmy Murphy, Booneville, representing the Speaker of the House
attorney Merrida P. Coxwell Jr., Jackson
attorney Philip W. Gaines, Jackson
attorney James D. Holland, Jackson