CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
| JANUARY 6, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Chief Justice Catherine D. “Kitty” Kimball announced today that the Louisiana Supreme Court has appointed 5 members who will sit on the newly established Committee to Study Plain Civil Jury Instructions.
According to the Chief Justice, “Instructions that are given to juries in civil trial should be in language that is plain and easy to comprehend so that juries are not confused by complicated legal language. We know that this is a matter the members of the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) are also interested in, and with the assistance of the LSBA leadership, the Louisiana Supreme Court has established this Committee of distinguished and experienced members of the bench and bar to make recommendations on plain civil jury instructions for Supreme Court consideration.”
H. Alston Johnson, III, a Baton Rouge attorney with the Phelps Dunbar law firm, will serve as the Chairman of the Committee to Study Plain Civil Jury Instructions. Also serving on the committee are: Judge James E. Stewart, Second Circuit Court of Appeal; Judge Rosemary Ledet, Orleans Parish Civil District Court; Judge Guy Holdridge, 23rd Judicial District Court; and, attorney Julie J. Baxter, Rhorer Law Firm.
For more information on the Committee to Study Plain Civil Jury Instructions contact Tereze Matta in the Louisiana Supreme Court Judicial Administrator’s Office at 504.310.2620.
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