Preliminary Instructions

May 8, 2017: The Committee has updated the instruction and reporter’s note for “Juror Prohibitions, Including Juror Use of Electronic Devices” (CR01-031) to reflect that courts should explicitly instruct the jury not to discuss the case amongst themselves until deliberations begin. See State Cameron, 2016 VT 134, ¶¶ 32–33 nn. 5–8.

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Reporter’s Note Revisions

April 24, 2017: The Committee has made Reporter’s Note revisions to the following sections to incorporate recent case law:

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Credit Card Fraud

January 20, 2017: The Committee has posted new instructions for the following crimes related to credit card fraud:

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Disclosure of Sexually Explicit Images Without Consent

January 8, 2017: The Committee has added an instruction for the new crime of “Disclosure of Sexually Explicit Images Without Consent.” See 13 V.S.A. § 2606(b)(1). The new instruction, CR27-611, is available here.

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Enabling the Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor/Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor

December 12, 2016: The Committee had added a new instruction and reporter’s note for the crime of Enabling the Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor. 7 V.S.A. § 658(a)(2). The new instruction and note reflect the Supreme Court’s recent decision in State v. Richland, 2015 VT 126. The Committee has also revised the instruction for Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor to reflect a recent legislative amendment. See 7 V.S.A. § 658(a)(1); 2015, No. 51, § A.14, eff. Jan. 1, 2016.

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Cruelty to a Child

June 15, 2016: The Committee has posted revised instructions and reporter’s notes for Cruelty to a Child, including the new felony version of the crime. The revisions reflect the recent legislative enactment. See 2015, No. 60, § 25, eff. July 1, 2015.

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Home Improvement Fraud

May 17, 2016: The Committee has revised the instruction for Home Improvement Fraud and the accompanying Reporter’s Note to reflect the Legislature’s recent amendment to 13 V.S.A. § 2029. See 2015, No. 13, §§ 1–2, eff. May 1, 2015.

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Leaving the Scene of an Accident

May 17, 2016: The Committee has revised the instruction for Leaving the Scene of an Accident (CR35-051) and expanded the accompanying Reporter’s Note. Additionally, the Committee has added two new instructions, for LSA with serious bodily injury (CR35-056) and LSA with death resulting (CR35-061). The LSA instructions and Reporter’s Note are available here.

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Homicide

May 1, 2016: The Committee has revised the instructions and Reporter’s Notes for Homicide in light of State v. Congress, 2014 VT 129, 198 Vt. 241.

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Disorderly Conduct and Aggravated Disorderly Conduct

April 1, 2016: The Committee has posted instructions and a Reporter’s Note for the new crime of Aggravated Disorderly Conduct under 13 V.S.A. § 1026a. The Committee has also made minor revisions to the Disorderly Conduct (13 V.S.A. § 1026) instructions, as well an addition to the Reporter’s Notes for Disorderly Conduct (abusive or obscene language) (CR22-161).

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