In re Amendments To the Okla. Unif. Jury Instructions - Civil (second).

CourtSupreme Court of Oklahoma
Writing for the CourtColbert
PartiesIn re: AMENDMENTS TO THE OKLAHOMA UNIFORM JURY INSTRUCTIONS - CIVIL (SECOND).
Decision Date24 March 2014

2014 OK 17

IN RE: AMENDMENTS TO THE OKLAHOMA UNIFORM JURY INSTRUCTIONS - CIVIL (SECOND).

SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA

Decided: March 24, 2014


NOTICE: THIS OPINION HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED FOR PUBLICATION. UNTIL RELEASED, IT IS SUBJECT TO REVISION OR WITHDRAWAL.


ORDER ADOPTING AMENDMENTS TO OKLAHOMA UNIFORM
JURY INSTRUCTIONS - CIVIL (SECOND)

¶1 The Court has reviewed the recommendations of the Oklahoma Supreme Court Committee for Uniform Civil Jury Instructions that proposed Instructions should be adopted. The Court finds that the revisions should be adopted as modified by the Court.

¶2 It is therefore ordered, adjudged and decreed that the revisions to the Instructions shall be available for access via internet from the Court website at www.oscn.net and provided to West Publishing Company for publication. The Administrative Office of the Courts is requested to duplicate and provide copies of the revisions to the judges of the District Courts, and the District Courts of the State of Oklahoma are directed to implement these revisions effective thirty (30) days from the date of this Order.

¶3 It is therefore ordered, adjudged and decreed that the amendments to the existing Oklahoma Uniform Jury Instructions - Civil (Second Edition), and the adoption of new Instructions, as set out in the following designated Instructions and attached to this Order, are hereby adopted: Instruction Nos. 1.2A, 1.9, 1.12, 1.13, 4.17, 5.9, 9.24, 9.26, 9.33, 9.34, 9.36, 18.1, 18.2, 21.1, 21.2, 21.3, 21.4, 21.5, 21.6, 21.7, 21.8, 21.9, 21.10, 21.11, 21.12, 21.21, 21.22, 21.23, 22.7, 28.1, 28.2, 28.3, 28.4, 28.5, 28.6, 28.7, 28.8, 28.9, 29.1, 29.2, 29.3, 29.4 & 29.5; and the Preface to Comparative Negligence Instructions shall be stricken.

¶4 The Court also accepts and authorizes the updated Committee's comments, as modified by the Court, to be published, together with the above-referenced revisions and each amended page in the revisions to be noted at the bottom thereof as follows (2014 Supp.).

¶ 5 As it did so previously, the Court today declines to relinquish its constitutional or statutory authority to review the legal correctness of these authorized Instructions when it is called upon to afford corrective relief in any adjudicative context.

¶ 6 These amended Instructions shall be effective thirty (30) days from the date this Order is filed with the Clerk of this Court.

DONE BY ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT IN CONFERENCE THE 13th DAY OF MARCH, 2014.

/S/CHIEF JUSTICE

Colbert, C.J., Reif, V.C.J., Kauger, Watt, Edmondson, Combs and Gurich, JJ., - concur,

Winchester, J. - concurs in result,

Taylor, J. - concurs in part and dissents in part.

I would adopt all of the recommendations of the OUJI-CIV committee.

Instruction No. 1.2A. (NEW)

INTRODUCTORY INSTRUCTIONS - JUROR QUESTIONNAIRES

IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF _____________ COUNTY.

STATE OF OKLAHOMA

[Name], Plaintiff,

v.

[Name], Defendant.

Case No. ______

JUROR QUESTIONNAIRE

Each prospective juror must complete and sign this standard juror questionnaire and any supplemental questionnaire provided by the court. This questionnaire and any supplemental questionnaire shall be confidential and will be used by the judge and the attorneys to aid them in selecting the jury in this case. If you do not understand a question, please indicate. If you do not have enough room to give adequate explanation to your answer, please use the space in question 24 for additional information. If there is any question that you would rather discuss with the judge and attorneys privately outside the presence of other jurors, please mark the question with an asterisk (*).

1. Name: _____________________________________________________________

(Last) (First) (Middle initial)

2. Sex: () male () female

3. Marital status: () married () never married () separated () divorced () widowed

4. Age: _____________

5. Place of birth: _________________________________________________________

6. Length of residency in Oklahoma (years): __________________________________

7. What county do you live in? ____________________________________________

8. List other places (city and state) you have lived: ___________________________

9. What is your occupation? ______________________________________________

(If retired or unemployed, write retired or unemployed and give your previous occupation.)

10. If you are currently employed outside the home, please provide:

Name of employer: ______________________________________________________

Job title: ______________________________________________________________

Length of time worked there: _____________________________________________

11. List other types of jobs you have held as an adult: __________________________

______________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________

12. Educational background: ________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________

13. If you attended college or vocational school, specify your major areas of study and any degrees or certificates you earned and whether you have taken any course in law: ____________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________

14. If you have had military experience, state your highest rank, branch of service, length of service, and specify whether service was reserve or active duty: __________

______________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________

15. List the organizations that you belong to or participate in, and the offices, if any, that you hold in these organizations: ________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________

16. If you are married, state spouse's full name, occupation and employer: _________

_______________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________

17. If you have any children or step children, please provide the following information:

Child # 1: sex ___ age ____ occupation _____________________________________

Child # 2: sex ___ age ____ occupation _____________________________________

Child # 3: sex ___ age ____ occupation _____________________________________

Child # 4: sex ___ age ____ occupation _____________________________________

18. Have you ever served as a juror? () yes () no

If yes, please provide the following information:

+-----------------------------------------------------------------+
                ¦Year¦Court/location ¦Type of case ¦were you the foreperson?¦
                +----+-------------------+---------------+------------------------¦
                ¦____¦___________________¦_______________¦() yes () no ¦
                +----+-------------------+---------------+------------------------¦
                ¦____¦___________________¦_______________¦() yes () no ¦
                +----+-------------------+---------------+------------------------¦
                ¦____¦___________________¦_______________¦() yes () no ¦
                +-----------------------------------------------------------------+
                

19. Have you ever appeared as a witness in any court proceeding, either civil criminal or military? () yes () no

If yes, when and in what court? ____________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________

20. Have you or any member of your immediate family been a party to any kind of lawsuit or court proceeding? Include all of the following:

+----------------------------------+
                ¦Criminal ¦() yes¦() no¦
                +---------------------+------+-----¦
                ¦Bankruptcy ¦() yes¦() no¦
                +---------------------+------+-----¦
                ¦Civil ¦() yes¦() no¦
                +---------------------+------+-----¦
                ¦Workers' compensation¦() yes¦() no¦
                +---------------------+------+-----¦
                ¦Divorce ¦() yes¦() no¦
                +---------------------+------+-----¦
                ¦Other ¦() yes¦() no¦
                +----------------------------------+
                

If yes to any, state when and in what court as to each __________________________

_______________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________

21. Have you, any family member, or any close friend ever worked for any attorney, a law office? () yes () no

If yes, state each person's name and relationship to you:

______________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________

Position held: __________________________________________________________

Name of attorney or law office: ______________________________________________

Dates of employment: _____________________________________________________

22. Have you, any family member, or any close friend ever worked in law enforcement? () yes () no

If the answer is yes, please identify the name of the person(s) so employed, the particular agency or department(s), the position held for such agency or department(s), and the years of employment:

___________________________________________________________________

23. Are you presently taking medicine or have any hearing or other health issue which may affect your ability to serve as a juror? () yes () no

If yes, please explain: ____________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________

24. Is there any reason you could not serve as a juror? () yes () no

If yes, please explain: ____________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________

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