The Montana Criminal Jury Instruction Commission prepared the 2009 edition of the criminal jury instructions in response to legislative enactments and Supreme Court decisions. The commission formally adopted the following jury instructions and verdict forms on June 23, 2009.
The online format of this edition is designed to lessen the amount of formatting that needs to be done before being offered.
- The source and comment material is contained on a separate page so it need not be printed when the instructions are being prepared for trial.
- The bolded language is generally included to denote the need for deletion before printing, and for identification purposes.
- The instructions were numbered sequentially to avoid the confusion when instruction numbers correspond to statute numbers, and statutory numbers are subsequently changed by legislative enactment.
Counsel should examine each instruction carefully before submitting it in trial to assure the absence of errors in construction or citation.
|Chapter and Title Format|
|Memorandum of Montana Criminal Jury Instruction Commission dated July 6, 2009||PDF | Word|
|Introduction to 2009 Edition of Criminal Jury Instructions||PDF | Word|
|Chapter 1: Preliminary and General Instructions||PDF | Word|
|Chapter 2: Definitions/Principles of Liability||PDF | Word|
|Chapter 3: Justifiable Use of Force||PDF | Word|
|Chapter 4: Inchoate Offenses||PDF | Word|
|Chapter 5: Offenses Against the Person||PDF | Word|
|Chapter 6: Offenses Against Property||PDF | Word|
|Chapter 7: Offenses Against Public Administration||PDF | Word|
|Chapter 8: Offenses Against Public Order||PDF | Word|
|Chapter 9: Dangerous Drugs||PDF | Word|
|Chapter 10: Driving Under the Influence||PDF | Word|
|Enhancement Verdict||PDF | Word|
|Verdict Forms||PDF | Word|
|Lesser Included Offense Verdict||PDF | Word|
|Lesser Included Offense Verdict – Multiple Offenses||PDF | Word|