Research guides

Pennsylvania Jury Practice

Civil Jury Instructions

The Pennsylvania Suggested Standard Civil Jury Instructions are published by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI) and are not freely available online. The library has these instructions in print as well as on the library's Lexis computers. Individual instructions are available for purchase as eDocuments from PBI.

Pennsylvania Suggested Standard Civil Jury Instructions
Also on the library's Lexis computers.
Library also has previous editions: see all.
Individual instructions are available for purchase as eDocuments from PBI.

Most of the other resources listed on this page do not include sample jury instructions, but may have helpful tips for using jury instructions. Some of the resources may include sample jury instructions.

Court Rules

Court rules often outline the procedures surrounding jury instructions. The following rule focuses on jury instruction in Pennsylvania civil procedure. Please note that additional rules may also apply.

Civil Rules:

Pa.R.C.P. 226: Points for Charge. Motion for Directed Verdict

Research Tip

For additional places to find Pennsylvania Court Rules, including in print and on the library's Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law computers, see the Pennsylvania Court Rules - State guide.

Member Databases

The following member database includes information related to jury instructions in Pennsylvania. Members must be logged in to jenkinslaw.org to access this database. This database is also available in the library.

This resource does not include sample jury instructions, but has helpful tips for using jury instructions.

Pennsylvania Law Encyclopedia
Available on the LexisNexis Digital Library. See "Trial", Chapter 6: Instructions (vol. 50).
Also on the library's Lexis computers and in print.

Onsite Print & Electronic

The following print resources include information related to jury instrutions in Pennsylvania. Some resources published by LexisNexis and West/Thomson Reuters may be available on the library's Lexis and Westlaw computers. See below for more information.

Some of these resources may include sample jury instructions. Others will have helpful tips regarding jury instructions.

Dunlap-Hanna Pennsylvania Forms LexisNexis
Also on the library's Lexis computers.
See 149.20 Requested Points for Charge to the Jury (Pa. R.C.P. No. 226(a)).

Goodrich-Amram 2d: Procedural Rules Service, with Forms West
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.
See Rule 226: Points for Charge. Motion for Directed Verdict.
Library also has previous edition: see all.

Pennsylvania Law Encyclopedia LexisNexis
Also on the library's Lexis computers and the LexisNexis Digital Library.
See "Trial", Chapter 6: Instructions. Library also has previous edition: see all.

Pennsylvania Trial Advocacy Handbook Bisel
See Chapter 19: Jury Instructions.

Pennsylvania Trial Guide: Trial Procedure Bisel
See Chapter 36: Points for Charge and Chapter 38: Instructions to the Jury.
Library also has previous editions: see all.

Standard Pennsylvania Practice 2d West
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.
See Chapter 59: Instructions to Jury; Items Taken into Jury Room. Library also has previous edition: see all.

Summary of Pennsylvania Jurisprudence 2d West
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.
Search the index for Instructions to Jury to find relevant sections. Library also has previous edition.

Trial Handbook for Pennsylvania Lawyers West
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.
See Chapter 35: Instructions. Library also has previous editions: see all.

West's Pennsylvania Forms West
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.
See "Civil Procedure", Chapter 58: Jury Instructions.

Research Tip

Many PBI, PTLA, and NBI publications include chapters on jury instructions. Search the Jenkins' catalog for jury instruction* for a list of available titles.