The Utah Judicial Council’s Standing Committee on the Model Civil Jury Instructions invites comments to the following proposed instructions. The comment period expires August 11, 2016, but the committee invites judges and practitioners to share their experiences using the published instructions at any time.
Summary of Proposed Model Civil Jury Instructions (Defamation)
CV1601 – Introductory Notes to Practitioners (not to be read to the jury).
CV1602 – Elements of a Defamation Claim.
CV1603 – Definition: Publication.
CV1604A – Definition: About the Plaintiff – Public Figure or Public Official Plaintiff – Connection to Plaintiff is Reasonable.
CV1604B – Definition: About the Plaintiff – Private Plaintiff – Matter of Public Concern – Connection to Plaintiff is Reasonable.
CV1604C – Definition: About the Plaintiff – Private Plaintiff – No Matter of Public Concern – Connection to Plaintiff is Reasonable – Negligence.
CV1604D – Definition: About the Plaintiff – Private Plaintiff – No Matter of Public Concern – Connection to Plaintiff is Reasonable – Strict Liability.
CV1604E – Definition: About the Plaintiff – Connection to Plaintiff is Unreasonable.
CV1605 – Definition: False Statement.
CV1606 – Definition: Opinion.
CV1607 – Definition: Defamatory.
CV1608 – Conditional Privilege.
CV1609 – Non-actionable Statements.
CV1610 – Definition: Requisite Degree of Fault – Private Figure – Matter of Public Concern.
CV1611 – Definition: Requisite Degree of Fault –Public Official or Public Figure.
CV1612 – Group Defamation Rule.
CV1613 – Causation.
CV1614 – Presumed Damages.
CV1615 – Damages – Economic Damages.
CV1616 – Damages – Noneconomic Damages.
CV1617 – Damages – Punitive Damages – Public Figure/Official and/or Issue of Public Concern.
CV1618 – Damages – Effect of Retraction.
CV1619 – Affirmative Defense – Consent.
CV1620 – Affirmative Defense – Statute of Limitations.
How to View Text of the Proposed Model Civil Jury Instructions
To see the proposed jury instructions and submit comments, click on this link http://www.utcourts.gov/committees/muji-comment/ and then click on the link that reads Click here to view a pdf version of proposed Model Utah Civil Jury Instructions 1601-1620. You may also click on the individual instructions to view them.
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