Pennsylvania Suggested Standard Civil Jury Instructions, 5th Edition

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  • Start Date:2020-08-31 20:00:00
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Create a connection with your jury

The revised instructions make it easier for judges and counsel to present their instructions in a concise, logical format and communicate with a new generation of jurors wired into a fast-paced world. For example, Rules Governing Juror Conduct During Trial (1.180) assists with advising jurors about the use of the internet and social media throughout the trial.

Start your trial strategy

For every case, begin your research by reviewing both the substantive instructions to confirm the elements you must prove and the Subcommittee Notes to benefit from reliable expert analysis of the law.

The new edition features: 

  • a completely revised Damages chapter
  • gender-neutral language updates
  • revisions to the following instructions and notes:
    • Medical Malpractice—Damages (Under the MCARE Act, Effective For All Claims Arising Subsequent to March 20, 2002)
    • Medical Malpractice—Damages in Wrongful Death and Survival Actions in Medical Professional Liability Claims (Under the MCARE Act Effective For All Claims Arising Subsequent to March 20, 2002)
    • Litigation Malpractice—Measure of Damages
    • Lawyer Malpractice—Noncollectibility of Underlying Case
    • Professional Negligence by the Plaintiff’s Former Criminal Defense Lawyer—Elements of the Cause of Action
    • Damages (Contracts)
    • Mitigation of Damages (Contracts)
    • Oral Contracts/Statute of Fraud Used as a Defense (If There Is a Jury Issues)

Added Value:

  • Jury Instructions provided in RTF format for easy editing.
  • A simplified Derivation Table (includes former and present instruction number and title) 

Here’s what the drafters are saying about this unmatched reference:

  • Assures the law is correct, the language is clear, and there is substantial uniformity whether the case is tried in Franklin, Tioga, or Westmoreland County
  • Introduces updates to the instructions and notes reflecting changes or expansions of legal principles
  • Incorporates plain English to make the law more understandable to citizen jurors

Summary of Contents

Volume I

  • Preliminary Instructions
  • General Instructions During Trial
  • Evidence
  • Believability of Witnesses
  • Burden of Proof and Presumption
  • Agency—Tortious Conduct
  • Damages
  • Punitive Damages
  • Miscellaneous Instructions
  • Concluding Instructions

Volume II

  • Negligence Actions
  • Medical Professional Negligence
  • Non-medical Professional Negligence
  • Products Liability
  • Intentional Torts
  • Owner/Occupier of Land
  • Contracts
  • Warranty—UCC Article 2
  • Employment
  • Eminent Domain
  • Prescription Drugs and Medical Devices
  • Subject Index
  • Deleted Instructions Chart
  • Appellate Cases Citing SSCJI


Mr. Thomas C. Branca Esq.
Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas

Hon. Jeannine Turgeon Ret.

Hon. Mark I. Bernstein

Professor Kristen E. Murray
Temple University Beasley School of Law

Hon. Terrence R. Nealon
Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas

David A. Strassburger Esq.
Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky (Pgh)

Lee C. Swartz Esq.

Barbara Ruth Axelrod Esq.
The Beasley Firm LLC

Mr. Thomas A. Brophy Esq.
Marshall Dennehey, P.C. (Phila)

Professor Kristen E. Murray
Temple University Beasley School of Law

Cliff A. Rieders Esq.
Rieders, Travis, Dohrmann, Mowrey, Humphrey, & Waters

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