Recognized by the NYPJI Committee for its utility, New York Pattern Jury Instructions – Civil contains virtually everything the civil practitioner needs to prepare winning instructions. The publication is for use at trial and in the early stages of strategy planning, and includes accepted, standard jury instructions for civil cases throughout New York. With this title, save time and avoid omissions and errors. Features include:
New York Pattern Jury Instructions – Civil
- Commentary that accompanies each charge and sets forth supporting authorities in statutes and caselaw
- Coverage of a full range of civil litigation, including all types of tort actions, landlord-tenant disputes, contract disputes, divorces, and will contests
- An up-to-date collection of model charges
- Language that jurors can understand
- A bold-faced, easy-to-spot print
has been recognized as the standard of charging juries in New York since 1966. Changes and updates appearing in the 2016 edition include:
- A revised charge and significantly revised commentary on expert witnesses, including revised supplemental instructions on the use of learned works and demonstrative evidence by an expert. See PJI 1:90, 1:90.1 and 1:90.2.
- A revised charge and commentary on special verdicts and general verdicts supported by written interrogatories. See PJI 1:97.
- Revised charges and commentary on the aspects of a common carrier's duty to passengers. See PJI 1:161, 1:162, 1:163, 1:164, and 1:165.
- Revised supplemental charges concerning hearsay testimony in sex offender confinement hearings. See PJI 8:8.5 and 8:8.6.
- New comment on “perfecting” a verdict. See General Principles.
- Revised commentary on the general charge given to the jury following their verdict and impeachment of verdicts. See Comment to PJI 1:105.
- Updated commentary on the effect of a plaintiff-client's failure to pursue an appeal in the litigation underlying a subsequent malpractice action. See Comment to PJI 2:152.
- Revised commentary regarding the duty owed by common carriers to protect passengers from injury by a third party, including the different duties owed by non-governmental and governmental carriers. See Comment to PJI 2:163.
- New commentary on bifurcated trials in negligence actions involving injuries caused by animals. See Comment to PJI 2:220.
- New, expanded commentary on direct vs. derivative claims in the context of a breach of fiduciary duty. See Comment to PJI 3:59.
- New comment on the construction and interpretation of oil and gas leases. See Comment to PJI 4:1.
- Revised commentary on contracts for attorney services which includes updated discussion of the New York Rules of Professional Conduct. See Comment to PJI 4:30.
- Many other updates to commentary and addition of new case cites throughout the publication.