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Colorado Supreme Court Model Criminal Jury Instructions Committee releases annual update

Thursday, April 8, 2021

DENVER – The Colorado Supreme Court Model Criminal Jury Instructions Committee has released its annual update to Colorado’s model jury instructions for use in criminal trials.

The model jury instructions may be found at https://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/Supreme_Court/Committees/Committee.cfm?Committee_ID=9. They include instructions concerning all offenses defined in Title 18 (the Criminal Code) of the Colorado Revised Statutes, and instructions addressing select offenses defined in other titles of the Colorado Revised Statutes.

This annual update incorporates new legislation and case law published since the release of the prior edition. It also features an expansion of model instructions regarding Title 42 of the Colorado Revised Statutes. There are now model instructions for most vehicle and traffic offenses that carry a potential penalty of at least six months in prison.

Users may download Word and PDF versions of the instructions, both of which feature hyperlink capabilities for ease of use. For any questions regarding the instructions, users are encouraged to contact the Committee at mcjic@judicial.state.co.us.

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