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Spelling It Out in Plain English


— November 9, 2004

Lawyers may love legalese, but jurors don’t. That fundamental observation is behind the soon-to-be finalized “plain-English” criminal jury instructions that are part of a growing attempt to improve communication in the courts. Some attorneys assert that the new language improves jurors’ comprehension, while others say the new lingo is “dumbed down” and “wordy.”

Details here from The National Law Journal via Law.com.


Lawyers may love legalese, but jurors don’t. That fundamental observation is behind the soon-to-be finalized “plain-English” criminal jury instructions that are part of a growing attempt to improve communication in the courts. Some attorneys assert that the new language improves jurors’ comprehension, while others say the new lingo is “dumbed down” and “wordy.”

Details here from The National Law Journal via Law.com.

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