In re Arkansas Model Criminal Instructions

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In re Arkansas Model Criminal Instructions (1979)
by the Arkansas Supreme Court

Cite as: In re Ark. Model Criminal Instructions, 264 Ark. App'x 967 (1979).

Re: Arkansas Model Criminal Instructions


January 29, 1979

If Arkansas Model Criminal Instructions (AMCI) contains an instruction applicable in a criminal case, and the trial judge determines that the jury should be instructed on the subject, the AMCI instruction shall be used unless the trial judge finds that it does not accurately state the law. In that event he will state his reasons for refusing the AMCI instruction. Whenever AMCI does not contain an instruction on a subject upon which the trial judge determines that the jury should be instructed, or when an AMCI instruction cannot be modified to submit the issue, the instruction on that subject should be simple, brief, impartial, and free from argument.

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