California Criminal Jury Instructions (CALCRIM) (2017)

3590. Final Instruction on Discharge of Jury

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F. FINAL INSTRUCTION ON DISCHARGE OF JURY
3590.Final Instruction on Discharge of Jury
You have now completed your jury service in this case. On behalf of all
the judges of the court, please accept my thanks for your time and
effort.
Now that the case is over, you may choose whether or not to discuss the
case and your deliberations with anyone.
[I remind you that under California law, you must wait at least 90 days
before negotiating or agreeing to accept any payment for information
about the case.]
Let me tell you about some rules the law puts in place for your
convenience and protection.
The lawyers in this case, the defendant[s], or their representatives may
now talk to you about the case, including your deliberations or verdict.
Those discussions must occur at a reasonable time and place and with
your consent.
Please tell me immediately if anyone unreasonably contacts you without
your consent.
Anyone who violates these rules is violating a court order and may be
fined.
[I order that the court’s record of personal juror identifying
information, including names, addresses, and telephone numbers, be
sealed until further order of this court.
If, in the future, the court is asked to decide whether this information
will be released, notice will be sent to any juror whose information is
involved. You may oppose the release of this information and ask that
any hearing on the release be closed to the public. The court will decide
whether and under what conditions any information may be disclosed.]
Again, thank you for your service. You are now excused.
New January 2006; Revised August 2012
BENCH NOTES
Instructional Duty
The court has a sua sponte duty to give this instruction on discharge of the jury.
(Code Civ. Proc., § 206.) The court may give the bracketed portions at its
discretion. (Id., § 237.)
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Code of Civil Procedure section 237(a)(2) requires the court to seal the personal
identifying information of jurors in a criminal case following the recording of the
jury’s verdict. Access to the sealed records may be permitted on a showing of good
cause in a petition to the court, as provided by subdivisions (b) through (d).
Section 14 of the California Standards of Judicial Administration states that “it is
appropriate for the trial judge to thank jurors for their public service, but the
judge’s comments should not include praise or criticism of the verdict or the failure
to reach a verdict.”
AUTHORITY
• Statutory Authority. Code Civ. Proc., §§ 206, 237.
Jury Tampering. Pen. Code, § 116.5.
Secondary Sources
4 Millman, Sevilla & Tarlow, California Criminal Defense Practice, Ch. 85,
Submission to Jury and Verdict, § 85.05[1], [4][c] (Matthew Bender).
3591–3599. Reserved for Future Use
CALCRIM No. 3590 POST-TRIAL: CONCLUDING
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