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The bench and bar's indispensable criminal jury trial preparation aid
This book is essential for: judges and lawyers seeking guidance for criminal jury trial instructions.
Current to: September 1, 2017
You know how much work is involved in a criminal jury trial—research, case law analysis, the elements of the charge. Canadian Criminal Jury Instructions (CRIMJI) puts all of the legal research that goes into a jury instruction to work for you. Guided by a cross-Canada editorial board, this authoritative resource provides you with over 150 model instructions on trial procedures, evidence, and major offences and defences. Each instruction begins with an outline of key instruction components and is heavily annotated with relevant case law along with user notes of cautions and alternatives.
With CRIMJI, you will be able to:
- save time drafting criminal jury instructions and focus attention on case-specific evidence (if you are a judge)
- more confidently suggest amendments or additions to a jury instruction (if you are counsel)
- clearly understand the evidence required to prove a particular crime or defence
- explain evidence and law relevant to your case in plain language understandable to a jury
Did you know? CRIMJI is celebrating its 30th anniversary! Read our interview with one of its original authors, Professor Gerry A. Ferguson to learn more about CRIMJI’s origins and future.
Highlights of the 2017 update
- substantive updates in the charge or commentary in over 35 CRIMJI instructions, such as:
- CRIMJI 4.15 (Direct and Circumstantial Evidence) significantly updated to reflect the discussion of circumstantial evidence in R. v. Villaroman, 2016 SCC 33
- CRIMJI 4.21 (After the Fact Conduct) renamed and revised to incorporate the treatment of disbelieved and fabricated alibis formerly in CRIMJI 8.04 (Alibi)
- CRIMJI instructions for several substantive offences revised with respect to intervening causes, following R. v. Barton, 2017 ABCA 216
- incorporation of over 70 new appellate court decisions, and all legislative developments up to September 2017
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