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 trial judges assisted by the School of Government and supported by the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts. The Committee creates annual supplements, based on changes in statutory and case law.

Pattern Jury Instructions may be downloaded for free in PDF format. Or, they may be purchased in software or hard copy formats.

Current pattern jury instructions are available, for free, in PDF format. A summary of the most recent supplements to the pattern jury instructions is available, for free.

The Committee may identify new or updated instructions that are too important to wait until annual supplements are distributed. Interim Instructions will be posted here. They will remain posted to the site until supplements that will include these instructions are available.

Interim Instructions Listserv: You may check here 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

The North Carolina Pattern Jury Instructions © 2014, School of Government, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Their publication here is intended for educational, research, and court preparation purposes. Reproduction for commercial purposes without the written permission of the School of Government is prohibited. For questions about use of this resource and permission for copying, contact the School of Government at or call 919.966.4119.

When were the jury instructions most recently updated? These PDF files detail the most recent annual supplements to the North Carolina Pattern Jury Instructions.

Do you have the most recent jury instructions? Below are PDF files of all current North Carolina Pattern Jury Instructions.

North Carolina Pattern Jury Instructions for Civil Cases

North Carolina Pattern Jury Instructions for Criminal Cases

North Carolina Pattern Jury Instructions for Motor Vehicle Cases