California Criminal Jury Instructions (CALCRIM) (2017)

1860. Owner's Opinion of Value

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1860.Owner’s Opinion of Value
A witness gave (his/her) opinion of the value of the property (he/she)
[allegedly] owned. In considering the opinion, you may but are not
required to accept it as true or correct. Consider the reasons the witness
gave for any opinion, the facts or information on which (he/she) relied
in forming that opinion, and whether the information on which the
witness relied was true and accurate. You may disregard all or any part
of an opinion that you find unbelievable or unreasonable. You may give
the opinion whatever weight, if any, you believe it deserves.
New January 2006
BENCH NOTES
Instructional Duty
When the owner of property testifies about his or her opinion of the value of the
property, give this instruction on request.
If an expert witness testified about its value, give CALCRIM No. 332, Expert
Witness Testimony.
AUTHORITY
• Owner May Testify to Value. People v. Coleman (1963) 222 Cal.App.2d 358,
361 [35 Cal.Rptr. 141].
• Jury Must Decide What Weight to Give Owner Opinion. People v. Pena
(1977) 68 Cal.App.3d 100, 102–103 [135 Cal.Rptr. 602].
Secondary Sources
2 Witkin & Epstein, California Criminal Law (3d ed. 2000) Crimes Against
Property, § 8.
1 Witkin, California Evidence (4th ed. 2000) Opinion Evidence, §§ 18, 102.
6 Millman, Sevilla & Tarlow, California Criminal Defense Practice, Ch. 143,
Crimes Against Property, § 143.01[1][i] (Matthew Bender).
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