Possession of Child Pornography

July 18, 2017: The Committee has posted a new instruction and accompanying reporter’s note for the crime of Possession of Child Pornography, 13 V.S.A. § 2827. The new instruction, CR27-741, is available here.

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Speeding (Judicial Bureau Appeals)

June 15, 2017: The Committee has added new instructions for appeals from the Judicial Bureau of speeding violations. Those appeals may be heard as a de novo jury trial in the Criminal Division of the Superior Court. The instructions are available here.

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Luring a Child

June 15, 2017: The Committee has added a new instruction for the crime of Luring a Child, 13 V.S.A. § 2828. The new instruction, CR27-761, is available here.

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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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