California Rules of Court, Rule 2.1055, discusses the form and format.
This is what a printed jury instruction page looks like:
Basically, the jury instructions should be on perforated paper. The top portion should include the instruction number and title of the instruction at the top of the first page of the instruction, as well as the party offering the instruction. For each special instruction, a citation of authorities that support the instruction must be included. No citation is required for approved instructions
The bottom portion should contain the full text of the instruction with the blanks filled in. It is the bottom portion which goes into the jury room.
The complete text of the Judicial Council of California Civil Jury Instructions (CACI) can be found at:
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Attorney Chen has provided an excellent and detailed response. Good luck.
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I know time is precious. A superior court will retain the case file while a matter is on appeal. (They copy the documents that the parties designate as relevant to the issues on appeal and simply mail the copies to the higher court.) Thus, any case where jury instructions were required that is now on appeal should be available as a model in the superior court's clerk's office. If you know of such cases in your county, presumably Los Angeles County, you probably can examine the format of the instructions that were submitted in the earlier case if you still have misgivings about how to proceed. Depending upon your location and the complexity of what I've just described, you may want to consider doing this or it may be a time wasting wild goose chase. In any event, good luck!
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