ND K-1.10. Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt K-1.10

 

North Dakota Pattern Jury Instructions (N.D.P.J.I.  2004)

ND K-1.10. Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt K-1.10

The State must prove all of the essential elements of the crime charged by proof beyond a reasonable doubt. In other words, if you have a reasonable doubt that the Defendant committed the crime, then you must find the Defendant not guilty.

The State is not required to prove guilt beyond all doubt, but beyond a reasonable doubt.

You should find the Defendant guilty only if you have a firm and abiding conviction of the Defendant’s guilt based on a full and fair consideration of the evidence presented in the case and not from any other source.