California Jury Instructions

Jury Instructions for Judges and Attorneys

The Judicial Council of California has adopted award-winning plain language civil and criminal jury instructions that accurately convey the law using language that is understandable to jurors. 

California Civil Jury Instructions (CACI) and
Criminal Jury Instructions (CALCRIM)


The Judicial Council of California owns the copyright in the Jury Instructions, and in posting the Jury Instructions on the Worldwide Web, the Judicial Council seeks to make the instructions available to the public and hereby grants members of the public a nonexclusive license to reproduce or modify the jury instructions, except as limited.

The nonexclusive public license granted in the preceding paragraph does not extend to any commercial publisher for purposes of reproducing the instructions (in any format), preparing derivative works based on them, or publicly distributing or displaying copies of them. The Judicial Council will consider licensing commercial publishers on a case-by-case basis. For purposes of this license, "commercial publishers" means entities that publish works for sale, whether for profit or otherwise.

For such inquiries, contact Grant Walker at (415) 865-4090 hereinafter.

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More Questions about your Jury Service?

Questions about your jury service or ability to serve should be directed to the local court from which you have been summoned.

Jury Instructions Contact

Administrative Office of the Courts
455 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, California 94102-3688

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