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Illinois Pattern Jury Instructions-Civil | State of Illinois Office of the Illinois Courts

The following represents Illinois Pattern Civil Jury Instructions, drafted by the Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions in Civil Cases. All instructions are in pdf format.

Cautionary and General


Rule # Rule Title
1.00 General Cautionary Instructions
Introduction, 1.01 & 1.08 - Revised May 2019
2.00 Instructions During Trial
2.01 - Revised September 2020
3.00 General Instructions
Introduction, 3.08 - Revised April 2020
4.00 Instructions Recommended not to be Given

Failure to Testify or Produce Evidence


Rule # Rule Title
5.00 Introduction

Negligence--Risk--Misconduct--Proximate Cause


Rule # Rule Title
10.00 Negligence and Ordinary Care
11.00 Contributory Negligence
Notes on Use in the 30 Series (32.02, 32.05, 34.01, 34.02, B11.06 and B11.06.01) - Revised August 2021
12.00 Specific Factors Affecting Negligence and Contributory Negligence
12.04, 12.05 - Instructions withdrawn August 2021
13.00 Assumption of Risk
14.00 Willful and Wanton Conduct
15.00 Proximate Cause
15.01 - Instruction revised August 2021; Notes on Use and Comment revised October 2021

Issues--Burden of Proof


Rule # Rule Title
20.00 Issues in the Case
21.00 Burden of Proof
22.00 Burden of Proof -- Res Ipsa Loquitor
23.00 Admitted Liability

Damages


Rule # Rule Title
30.00 Damage Instructions
30.05.01 - Comment - Revised December 2021
31.00 Damages--Wrongful Death
31.09, 31.10, 31.12 Instruction and Comment, 31.13 Instruction and Comment - Revised June 2021
32.00 Injury to Spouse and Family Members
32.05 - Comment - Revised October 2021
33.00 Damages--Mitigation
34.00 Damages--Future Damages--Length of Time Damages will Continue--Discount of Damages--Mortality Tables
Notes on Use in the 30 Series (32.02, 32.05, 34.01, 34.02, B11.06 and B11.06.01) - Revised August 2021
35.00 Punitive Damages
36.00 No Liability--No Damages

Multiple Parties and Pleadings--Verdict Forms


Rule # Rule Title
41.00 Multiple Parties and Pleadings
45.00 Forms of Verdicts
45.04A, 45.04B & 45.04C - Approved May 2014

Agency


Rule # Rule Title
50.00 Agency
50.03 & 50.04 - Revised July 2015

Construction Negligence


Rule # Rule Title
55.00 Construction Negligence
Revised December 2018

Statutory Violations


Rule # Rule Title
60.00 Statutory Violations

Motor Vehicles


Rule # Rule Title
70.00 Motor Vehicles
72.00 Automobile Guests--Joint Enterprise--Passengers
73.00 Railroad Crossings

Particularized Standards of Conduct


Rule # Rule Title
100.00 Common Carriers
105.00 Professional Negligence
Introduction, 105.1 - Revised April 2020
110.00 Animals
115.00 Ultrahazardous Activities

Owners and Occupiers of Land


Rule # Rule Title
120.00 Premises
125.00 Liability for Falls on Snow and Ice
128.00 Concluding Paragraphs--No Contributory Negligence--Contributory Negligence--Affirmative Defense
130.00 Landlord and Tenant
135.00 Abutting Property Owner
140.00 Municipality

Actions Based on Statutes


Rule # Rule Title
150.00 Dram Shop Act
155.00 The Drug or Alcohol Impaired Minor Responsibility Act
160.00 Federal Employers' Liability Act
Revised January 2019
170.00 Safety Appliance and Boiler Inspection Acts
Revised January 2019
180.00 Structural Work Act
185.00 Magnuson-Moss Act
190.00 Nursing Home Care Act
New section - Approved May and July 2014
200.00 Will Contest
205.00 Tortious Interference with Expectancy
250.00 Retaliatory Discharge
300.00 Eminent Domain
400.00 Strict Product Liability
400.04 - Revised September 2015
500.00 Implied ("Active-Passive") Indemnity
600.00 Contribution - 600.14 & 600.14A
Approved June 1, 2012

Contracts


Rule # Rule Title
700.00 Contracts
700.12G & 700.12VG - Revised August 2016
710.00 Liability Insurance
710.01 & Notes, 710.02 & Notes, 710.03, 710.04 Notes on Use, 710.05 & Notes, 710.07 & Notes - Revised March 2021
800.00 Fraud and Deceit

 Note: While Supreme Court Rule 239(a) prescribes the use of Illinois Pattern Jury Instructions, an instruction is approved or rejected only after it has been judicially questioned and considered. Powers v. Illinois Central Gulf Railroad Company, 91 Ill. 2d 375 (1982).