Fully Informed Jury Association

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Jury Nullification | 08 Jan 2013

-Montana and Georgia State Fully Informed Jury Bills


FIJA national is a non-political, strictly educational organization. We do not support or oppose any piece of legislation. However, we do track legislation that is relevant to our educational mission. We are now aware of proposed informed jury measures in two states in process in the current legislative session.

Bill Draft #LC1449, with short title “Revise jury instruction laws” has been requested in the Montana House of Representatives and is currently in the drafting process. We understand that the bill will be known as the “Larry Dodge Fully Informed Jury Act of 2013” and is proposed to contain language stating that “In all criminal proceedings the court shall permit the defense to inform the jury of its right to judge the facts and the application of the law in relation to the facts in controversy.” Text of the proposed measure is not yet available on the website of the Montana Legislature.

HB 25 Fully Informed Jury Act of 2013 was pre-filed in the Georgia House of Representatives in December. Proposed text of this measure is available in .pdf format on the website of the Georgia General Assembly. It currently contains language stating that “In a criminal jury trial, the court shall permit the defendant or his or her counsel to argue for jury nullification in its role as the judges of the law and the facts pursuant to Article I, Section I, Paragraph XI of the Constitution.” It further provides for the repeal of any laws or parts of laws in conflict with this proposed Act.

Please let us know if you are aware of any other proposed informed jury legislation by sending us an e-mail at aji(at)fija.org