INSTRUCTIONS TO JURORS IN CIVIL CASES
1. Do not mingle with nor talk to the lawyers, the witnesses, the
parties, or any other person who might be connected with or interested in this case, except for
casual greetings. They have to follow these same instructions and you will understand it when
2. Do not accept from, nor give to, any of those persons any favors
however slight, such as rides, food or refreshments.
3. Do not discuss anything
about this case, or even mention it to anyone whomsoever, including your wife or husband nor
permit anyone to mention it in your hearing until you are discharged as jurors or excused from
this case. If anyone attempts to discuss the case, report it to me at once.
4. Do not
even discuss this case among yourselves until after you have heard all of the evidence, the court's
charge, the attorneys' arguments and until I have sent you to the jury room to consider your
5. Do not make any investigation about the facts of this case. Occasionally
we have a juror who privately seeks out information about a case on trial. This is improper. All
evidence must be presented in open court so that each side may question the witnesses and make
proper objection. This avoids a trial based upon secret evidence. These rules apply to jurors the
same as they apply to the parties and to me. If you know of, or learn anything about, this case
except from the evidence admitted during the course of this trial, you should tell me about it at
once. You have just taken an oath that you will render a verdict on the evidence submitted to you
under my rulings.
6. Do not make personal inspections, observations,
investigations, or experiments nor personally view premises, things or articles not produced in
court. Do not let anyone else do any of these things for you.
7. Do not tell other
jurors your own personal experiences nor those of other persons, nor relate any special
information. A juror may have special knowledge of matters such as business, technical or
professional matters or he may have expert knowledge or opinions, or he may know what
happened in this or some other lawsuit. To tell the other jurors any of this information is a
violation of these instructions.
8. Do not discuss or consider attorney's fees unless
evidence about attorney's fees is admitted.
9. Do not consider, discuss, nor
speculate whether or not any party is or is not protected in whole or in part by insurance of any
10. Do not seek information contained in law books, dictionaries, public or
private records or elsewhere, which is not admitted in evidence.
conclusion of all the evidence, I may submit to you a written charge asking you some specific
questions. You will not be asked, and you should not consider, whether one party or the other
should win. Since you will need to consider all of the evidence admitted by me, it is important
that you pay close attention to the evidence as it is presented.
The Texas law permits
proof of any violation of these rules of proper jury conduct. By this I mean that jurors and others
may be called upon to testify in open court about acts of jury misconduct. I instruct you,
therefore, to follow carefully all instructions which I have given you, as well as others which you
later receive while this case is on trial.
You may keep these instructions and review
them as the case proceeds. A violation of these instructions should be reported to me.
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