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Alaska Civil Pattern Jury Instructions

The Alaska Civil Pattern Jury Instructions were drafted by University of Virginia Professors Harvey S. Perlman and Stephen A. Saltzburg in 1981 under contract to the Alaska Court System. The instructions were reviewed and edited by a committee of lawyers and judges appointed by the Alaska Supreme Court. The Civil Pattern Jury Instructions Committee continues to meet monthly to review and revise the instructions. Please contact Christine Johnson with questions or comments about these instructions:

Christine Johnson, Administrative Director
820 W. 4th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
907-264-0548
cjohnson@courts.state.ak.us

These instructions are the work of the Civil Pattern Jury Instructions Committee and have not been approved or promulgated by any court or the Alaska Bar Association.

Attention: These instructions are NOT for persons who have been summoned for petit or grand jury service.

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Complete Civil Jury Instructions - With Use Notes and Comments - current through October 2013 [ self-executing 2.60 MB | zip 2.54 MB]
Complete Civil Jury Instructions - No Notes - current through October 2013 [ self-executing 2.16 MB | zip 2.10 MB]
Supplement 9 - January 2005 [ self-executing 496 KB | zip 434 KB]
Supplement 10 - March 2005 - Corrections to 4.06A (updated April 2005), 4.06B, 4.13A, and 4.13B [ self-executing | zip ]
Supplement 11 - April 2005 - Revision to 1.12, Article 1 TOC, Main TOC [ self-executing | zip ]
Supplement 12 - November 2005 - New Article 10, Article 10 TOC, Main TOC [ self-executing | zip ]
Supplement 13 - January 2006 - New Article 24.15, Article 24 TOC, Main TOC [ self-executing | zip ]
Supplement 14 - April 2006 - Revision to 20.06, Article 20 TOC, Main TOC [ self-executing | zip ]
Supplement 15 - November 2008 - Revision to Article 3, Article 20, Main TOC [ self-executing 828 KB | zip 768 KB]
Supplement 16 - March 2011 - Revision to Article 17, Article 17 TOC, Main TOC [ self-executing | zip ]
Supplement 17 - June 2011 - Revision to Article 16, Article 16 TOC, Main TOC [ self-executing | zip ]
Supplement 18 - March 2012 - Revision to Article 19, Article 19 TOC, Main TOC [ self-executing | zip ]
Supplement 19 - July 2013 - Revision to 1.06A, Article 1 TOC, Main TOC [ self-executing | zip ]
Supplement 20 - October 2013 - Revision Article 4, Article 4 TOC, Main TOC [ self-executing | zip ]

Table of Contents

  • Article 1Instructions to Precede the Taking of Evidence (Revised 2013)
  • Article 1A Mid-Trial Instructions (Revised 1999)
  • Article 2 Closing Instructions (Revised 1999)
  • Article 3 Negligence - General Concepts (Revised 2008)
  • Article 4 Survival and Death Claims (Revised 2013)
  • Article 5 Motor Vehicle and Highway Safety (Revised 1986)
  • Article 6 Liability of Landowners or Occupiers (Revised 1987)
  • Article 7 Products Liability (Revised 2005)
  • Article 8 Professional Malpractice (Revised 2005)
  • Article 9 Wrongful Discrimination (Added 2004)
  • Article 10 Consumer Protection Act (Added 2005)
  • Article 11 (Reserved)
  • Article 12 Assault or Battery (Revised 1986)
  • Article 13 Trespass & Nuisance (Revised 1996)
  • Article 14 (Reserved)
  • Article 15 False Imprisonment and False Arrest (Revised 1987)
  • Article 16 Defamation (Revised 2011)
  • Article 17 Fraud and Negligent Misrepresentation (Revised 2010)
  • Article 18 Intentional Interference With Chattels, Conversion, Replevin, and Trespass (Revised 1989)
  • Article 19 Intentional Interference With Contract or Prospective Economic Advantage (Revised 2012)
  • Article 20 Damages (Revised 2008)
  • Article 21 Bailments (Revised 1987)
  • Article 22 (Reserved)
  • Article 23 Legal Relationships (Revised 1987)
  • Article 24 Contracts (Revised 2006)
  • Article 25 (Reserved)
  • Article 26 Will Contests (Revised 1995)
  • Article 27 Eminent Domain (Revised 1995)
  • Article 28 (Reserved)
  • Article 29 (Reserved)
  • Article 30 Landlord-Tenant (Revised 1987)

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ARTICLE 1. Instructions to Precede the Taking of Evidence (Revised 2013)

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Withdrawn Instructions (1999):
1.02
1.05
1.13
1.15A
Preliminary Instruction on the Juror's Role
Introductory Description of the Dispute
Admonition as to Juror Conduct (replaced by 1.02)
Use of Pronouns (replaced by 1.15)

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ARTICLE 1A. Mid-Trial Instructions (Revised 1999)

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ARTICLE 2. Closing Instructions (Revised 1999)

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Withdrawn Instructions (1999):
2.08
2.13
2.21
2.26
Hearsay Evidence
Admission by Silence
Applying the Law to the Facts
Verdict Forms

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ARTICLE 3. Negligence - General Concepts (Revised 2008)

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Withdrawn Instructions:
3.02B
Comparative Negligence - Young Child (Withdrawn 2008)
3.04C Compliance With Statute (Withdrawn 2008)
3.05 Sudden Emergency (Withdrawn 1997)
3.08 Rescue Doctrine (Withdrawn 2008)
3.09A Special Verdict Form (Withdrawn 2008)

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ARTICLE 4. Survival and Death Claims (Revised 2013)

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History of 1988 Version of Instructions:

4.02 Withdrawn [Combined with Instruction 4.03]
4.04 Withdrawn [Included in Comment to 4.03]
4.08 Renumbered as 4.10A
4.09 Renumbered as 4.10C
4.10 Renumbered as 4.08
4.11 Renumbered as 4.10B
4.12 Renumbered as 4.11
4.13A Withdrawn
4.13B Withdrawn

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ARTICLE 5. Motor Vehicle and Highway Safety (Revised 1986)

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ARTICLE 6. Liability of Landowners or Occupiers (Revised 1987)

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ARTICLE 7. Products Liability (Revised 2005)

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ARTICLE 8. Professional Malpractice (Revised 2005)

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ARTICLE 9. Unlawful Discrimination (Added 2004)

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ARTICLE 10. Consumer Protection Act (Added 2005)

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ARTICLE 11 (Reserved)

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ARTICLE 12. Assault or Battery (Revised 1986)

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ARTICLE 13. Trespass & Nuisance (Revised 1996)

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Article 13 was rewritten and renumbered in 1996. All prior pattern instructions have been withdrawn.

ARTICLE 14 (Reserved)

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ARTICLE 15. False Imprisonment and False Arrest (Revised 1987)

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\ARTICLE 16. Defamation (Revised 2011)

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ARTICLE 17. Fraud and Negligent Misrepresentation (Revised 2010)

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ARTICLE 18. Intentional Interference With Chattels (Revised 1990)

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ARTICLE 19. Intentional Interference With Contract or Prospective Economic Advantage (Revised 2012)

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ARTICLE 20. Damages (Revised 2008)

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Withdrawn Instructions:
20.02 Medical Expenses; Past and Future (Withdrawn 2005)
20.05A Disfigurement of Severe Physical Impairment - Nature and Extent of Injury (Withdrawn 1990)
20.06 Pain and Suffering (Withdrawn 1990)
20.07B Limitation on Non-Economic Damages where Plaintiff Claims Disfigurement [Actions Accruing on or after June 11, 1986 and before August 7, 1997] (Withdrawn 2005)
20.07C Limitation on Non-Economic Damages where Plaintiff Claims Severe Physical Impairment [Actions Accruing on or after June 11, 1986 and before August 7, 1997] (Withdrawn 2005)
20.07D Limitation on Non-Economic Damages where Plaintiff Claims Disfigurement and Severe Physical Impairment [Actions Accruing on or after June 11, 1986 and before August 7, 1997] (Withdrawn 2005)
20.07E Limitation on Non-Economic Damages where Plaintiff Does Not Claim Severe Permanent Physical Impairment or Severe Disfigurement, and There Are No Claims by Additional Plaintiffs for Non-Economic Losses (Such as Claims for Loss of Consortium) [Actions Accruing on or after August 7, 1997] (Withdrawn 2005)
20.07F Limitation on Non-Economic Damages where Plaintiff Claims Severe Disfigurement, and there are no Claims by Additional Plaintiffs for Non-Economic Losses (such as Claims for Loss of Consortium) [Actions Accruing on or after August 7, 1997] (Withdrawn 2005)
20.07G Limitation on Non-Economic Damages where Plaintiff Claims Severe Permanent Physical Impairment, and there are no Claims by Additional Plaintiffs for Non-Economic Losses (such as Claims for Loss of Consortium) [Actions Accruing on or after August 7, 1997] (Withdrawn 2005)
20.07H Limitation on Non-Economic Damages where Plaintiff Claims Severe Permanent Physical Impairment and Severe Disfigurement, and there are no Claims by Additional Plaintiffs for Non-Economic Losses (such as Claims for Loss of Consortium) [Actions Accruing on or after August 7, 1997] (Withdrawn 2005)
20.07I Limitation on Non-Economic Damages where Plaintiff does not Claim Severe Permanent Physical Impairment or Severe Disfigurement, and there are Claims by Additional Plaintiffs for Non-Economic Losses Arising from the Same Injury (such as Claims for Loss of Consortium) [Actions Accruing on or after August 7, 1997] (Withdrawn 2005)
20.07J Limitation on Non-Economic Damages where Plaintiff Claims Severe Permanent Physical Impairment, and there are Claims by Additional Plaintiffs for Non-Economic Loss Arising from the Same Injury (such as Claims for Loss of Consortium) [Actions Accruing on or after August 7, 1997] (Withdrawn 2005)
20.07K Limitation on Non-Economic Damages where Plaintiff Claims Severe Disfigurement, and there are Claims by Additional Plaintiffs for Non-Economic Loss Arising from the Same Injury (such as Claims for Loss of Consortium) [Actions Accruing on or after August 7, 1997] (Withdrawn 2005)
20.07L Limitation on Non-Economic Damages where Plaintiff Claims Severe Permanent Physical Impairment and Severe Disfigurement, and there are Claims by Additional Plaintiffs for Non-Economic Loss Arising from the Same Injury (such as Claims for Loss of Consortium) [Actions Accruing on or after August 7, 1997] (Withdrawn 2005)
20.08 Injury to Minors (Withdrawn 1990)
20.13 Taking Severable Materials From Land (Withdrawn 1990)

Taking Plants When Treble Damages are Claimed (Withdrawn 1990)

20.14 Present Value Table (1990)
20.20 Punitive Damages [Actions Accruing on or after June 11, 1986 and before August 7, 1997] (Withdrawn 2008)

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ARTICLE 21. Bailments (Revised 1987)

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ARTICLE 22 (Reserved)

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ARTICLE 23. Legal Relationships (Revised 1987)

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ARTICLE 24. Contracts (Revised 2006)

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ARTICLE 25 (Reserved)

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ARTICLE 26. Will Contests (Revised 1995)

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ARTICLE 27. Eminent Domain (Revised 1995)

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ARTICLE 28 (Reserved)

ARTICLE 29 (Reserved)

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ARTICLE 30. Landlord-Tenant (Revised 1987)

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Rev. 8 October 2013
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