Librarian’s article about criminal pattern jury instructions published
From time to time, the firm’s lawyers need to access criminal pattern jury instructions because of the interrelationship they have with some of its civil defense cases, especially those involving alleged wrongdoing by law enforcement officials.
Several years ago, when assisting an attorney with some research, our law librarian John Hightower discovered that the instructions had not been updated since 1994. Since that time, he has followed efforts to update the instructions. Through his involvement with the Law Libraries Association of Alabama, he has tried to assist in making sure other practicing attorneys and judges are aware of the new pattern instructions and, more important, where to find them.
As part of this effort, he teamed with Tim Lewis, librarian of the Alabama Supreme Court Library to write an article about the latest developments and continued plans for updating the pattern instructions. Their article was published in the November 2017 edition of the “Alabama Lawyer.”
Official updated criminal pattern jury instructions posted on the State Law Library’s website.
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