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General Practice Materials: Discovery, Trial Tactics, and Jury Instructions

Discovery

Many books in the library deal with issues of discovery- the disclosure of information in preparation of litigation. In addition to the sets discussed in this section, check the Legal Information Center catalog under the subject heading “Discovery (Law),” for other titles.

Discovery Resources

Bender’s Forms of Discovery (KF8900.A3 B4)

A looseleaf set containing an extensive compilation of sample interrogatories arranged by general subject categories such as animals, architects, zoning, etc. Check the index for a particular subject.

Pattern Deposition Checklists (KF8900 .D36 1998)

After providing general information on depositions, this set takes you through specific types of actions providing general questions and following up with complete checklists of suggested deposition questions for specific types of cases.

Pattern Discovery (KF8900.D317 1994)

The authors of Pattern Deposition Checklists have created a series of titles on various areas of the law and pattern discovery. The series includes Medical Malpractice, Premises Liability, Product Liability, Tort Actions and Motor Vehicles. Volumes contain Pattern Interrogatories, Requests for Production of Documents under Rule 34 and Requests for Admissions of Facts under Rule 36.

Trial Tactics

The Legal Information Center has many materials oriented toward the practitioner which can help in trial preparation. A search of the LIC’s catalog under the subject “Trial Practice—United States” results in over 450 entries on this topic. West Publishing’s “Trial Practice Series,” is a good example. Volumes in this series address a wide array of subjects including attorney fee awards, cross examination, jury selection and trial objections.

Here's a sampling of titles to get you on your way:

The Trial Lawyer : What It takes to Win by David Berg. KF8915 .B448 2006

Persuasion: The Litigator's Art by M.E. Tigar KF8915 .T55 1999

Trial Advocacy In A Nutshell by Paul Bergman KF8915.Z9 B47 2006

Jury Instructions

In addition to pattern and uniform jury instructions which are available in the Legal Information Center, subject specific sets of jury instructions also are available. One example is Jury Instructions on Damages in Tort Actions (KF8984 .E156 2003). Suggested instructions are given with supportive authority, comments and collateral references. Check the online catalog under the subject “Instructions to Juries,” for other titles.

FEDERAL:

Federal Jury Practice and Instructions: Civil and Criminal. KF8984 .D4 2000

DELAWARE:

Delaware Superior Court pattern civil jury instructions/proposed by the Delaware State Bar Association's Committee on Standard Jury Instructions ; members, John E. Babiarz, Jr. ... [et al.] KFD542.6.A65 D45 1997

Pattern jury instructions for civil practice in the Superior Court of the State of Delaware/ Delaware: Review Committee, 1997- KFD542.6.A65 P38

PENNSYLVANIA:

Pennsylvania suggested standard civil jury instructions / prepared by the Civil Instructions Subcommittee of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Committee for Proposed Standard Jury Instructions. KFP542.A6 P3 2011

Pennsylvania suggested standard criminal jury instructions / prepared by the Criminal Jury Instructions Advisory Committee for Proposed Standard Jury Instructions. KFP583.A65 P4 2005 

NEW JERSEY:

New Jersey standard civil jury instructions/ Committee on Model Civil Jury Charges.

New Jersey standard criminal jury instructions/ Committe on Model Criminal Jury Charges.

Model Jury Charges, Civil/ New Jersey. Supreme Court. Committee on Model Jury Charges, Civil. KFN2342.6.A65 N63

OTHER STATES:

Use the link below for sample jury instructions from other states:

http://www.llrx.com/columns/reference53.htm

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