Model Jury Instructions on Homicide

The Supreme Judicial Court issued a statement approving and recommending the use of the revised Model Jury Instructions. The Supreme Judicial Court has additionally issued a list summarizing the principal revisions reflected in the Model Jury Instructions.

The Supreme Judicial Court’s statement recommends that judges provide jurors with a written copy of the judge's final instructions, if available, or with an audio recording, or both. A chalk entitled Requirements of Proof for Homicide is included as an appendix to the Model Jury Instructions. The Supreme Judicial Court states that the judge may wish to provide the chalk to jurors to use as an outline to the judge's final instructions.

Committee on Model Jury Instructions on Homicide

The members of the Committee will continue to review changes in the law, to monitor the efficacy of the Instructions in providing guidance to jurors, and to recommend further revisions as needed or warranted. Supreme Judicial Court Justice Frank M. Gaziano will chair the Committee going forward.  

Comments on these Model Jury Instructions may be sent to modelhomicide@sjc.state.ma.us, and will be considered in future revisions of these instructions.

The following justices served as members of the Committee:

Hon. Ralph Gants, Supreme Judicial Court (chair)

Hon. Margot Botsford, Supreme Judicial Court (ret.)

Hon. Kenneth Fishman, Superior Court

Hon. Frank Gaziano, Supreme Judicial Court

Hon. Dana Gershengorn, Juvenile Court

Hon. Maureen Hogan, Superior Court

Hon. David Poole, Boston Municipal Court

Hon. Sabita Singh, Appeals Court

Hon. Kathe Tuttman, Superior Court

Date published: April 25, 2018
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