Reverse engineering of jury instructions requires (1) creating a decision structure or decision tree for a case, based on a theory of the case, (2) identifying crucial points in the decision structure or decision tree, and (3) incorporating crucial points into the jury instructions. This paper suggests that reverse engineering of jury instructions can be used to instruct jurors about legal concepts and technical terms before they hear jury instructions or closing arguments. The goal is to improve the clarity of instructions to achieve litigation goals.
Dumas, Bethany K.
"Reverse Engineering of Jury Instructions,"
Tennessee Journal of Law & Policy:
2, Article 5.
Available at: http://trace.tennessee.edu/tjlp/vol5/iss2/5