Pattern Jury Instructions

New criminal instructions now available online.

The Washington Pattern Jury Instructions Committee is pleased to announce that the Fourth Edition of the Washington Criminal Pattern Jury Instructions (the WPIC) has been published.  The instructions are available electronically by means of a link on the Washington Courts public website and by subscription available through Thomson Reuters (Westlaw.)  The publisher also plans to ship the print edition of the instructions to subscribers this week.

There are many changes to the instructions, Notes on Use, and Comments in this new edition.  Some of the changes to the instructions are as follows (this is not a complete list of all changes to instructions):

  • Chapter 5: Revisions to instructions about the use of prior convictions.
  • Chapter 10: New alternative instruction defining intent.
  • Chapter 18: Revision to duress instruction.
  • Chapter 29: Revisions to controlled substances homicide instructions.
  • Chapter 31: Revisions to the advance oral instructions in capital cases.
  • Chapter 37: Revisions to robbery instructions.
  • Chapter 39: Revisions to instructions for custodial interference and luring.
  • Chapter 47: Revisions to instruction for communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.
  • Chapter 49: Revisions to indecent liberties instructions.
  • Chapter 49A: New instructions for all of the offenses in this chapter.
  • Chapter 49C: Revised and new instructions for sex and kidnapping offenders required to register.
  • Chapter 50: Revised and new instructions for possession of controlled substances.
  • Chapter 52: Revised and new instructions for special defenses to possession of controlled substances.
  • Chapter 61: New instructions for the offense of felony second degree vehicle prowling.
  • Chapter 70: Revisions to minimum and maximum values of property required for different levels of theft offenses.
  • Revisions to first and second degree theft instructions to include theft of metal.
  • Revisions to the instructions for the definition of first degree public assistance fraud.
  • Revisions to second degree theft with intent to resell instructions.
  • Chapter 71: Revisions to minimum and maximum values of property required for different levels of offenses.
  • Chapter 77: New instructions for offense of making or possessing motor vehicle theft tools.
  • Chapter 85: Revisions to minimum and maximum values of property required for different levels of malicious mischief offenses.
  • Chapter 88: Revisions to the definition of physical damage for malicious mischief, and revisions to the definition of damage to computer records or programs.
  • Chapter 99: Revised and new instructions for ignition interlock offenses.
  • Chapter 118: Revisions to the instruction defining an oath.
  • Chapter 120: Revisions to the instructions for escape in the first, second and third degree.
  • Revisions to the bail jumping instruction.
  • Revisions to rendering criminal assistance in the first degree instruction.
  • Revisions to the special verdict instruction and form for rendering criminal assistance.
  • Chapter 131: Revisions to identity theft in the first and second degree.
  • Chapter 133: Revised and new instructions for committing unlawful possession of a firearm in the second degree.
  • Chapter 190: New special verdict forms for predatory sex offenses.
  • Chapter 300: New instructions and special verdict forms for accomplice liability.
  • New and revised instructions and special verdict forms related to level of bodily harm, homeless persons, crimes in the courtroom, and an ongoing pattern of sexual abuse and aggravated domestic violence.
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