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THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 2 M A R C H 2 0 1 7 237 NEWS FROM CLEBC SOCIETY By Susan Munro* CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF CRIMJI CLEBC is proud to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Canadian Criminal Jury Instructions (“CRIMJI”). We had the opportunity to learn more about CRIMJI from one of its original authors, Professor Gerry A. Ferguson. CRIMJI was inspired by the late Mr. Justice John C. Bouck, a reformminded judge who in 1984 approached Professor Ferguson with a vision to create a set of model criminal jury instructions. Mr. Justice Bouck believed that model instructions would assist in making courts more effective and efficient in two ways. First, model instructions would help take pressure off trial judges who were expected, often overnight, to prepare jury instructions that explained all the relevant law and trial evidence presented in a case. He also believed that model instructions could assist trial judges in making fewer jury instruction errors, which would mean fewer appeals, reversals of judgments and costly orders for new trials. * Susan Munro is the director of publications at CLEBC.


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