North Carolina Pattern Jury Instructions are sample jury instructions organized by legal topic. Trial judges use them for particular cases based on the relevant law and facts, and share them with juries as guidance for reaching a decision in their cases. The instructions are created and compiled by The Pattern Jury Instruction Committee, made up of superior court judges assisted by the School of Government. The Committee creates annual supplements, based on changes in statutory and case law.

Main volumes and annual updates may be purchased in electronic or hard copy formats.

The Committee may identify new or updated instructions that are too important to wait until annual, hard copy supplements are distributed. Interim Instructions will be posted on this School of Government website. They will remain posted to the site until hard copy supplements that will include these instructions are available.

Interim Instructions Listserv: You may check this site periodically for Interim Instructions or join the Pattern Jury Interim Instructions Listserv to receive notification when Interim Instructions are posted.

Use of “victim” language in Criminal Pattern Jury Instructions, 10/15/2013