Neither the Washington Legislature nor the Washington Supreme Court has addressed the issue of instructing a jury on Washington's doctrine of modified joint and several liability and its effects. Historically, most states prevented courts from instructing juries on the effects of their answers to special verdicts. Washington, however, has no history of keeping a jury uninformed of the effects of its answers. This Comment concludes that Washington courts should continue the practice of informing juries of the effects of their answers and instruct juries on joint and several liability and its effects.
Julie K. Weaver,
Jury Instructions on Joint and Several Liability in Washington State,
67 Wash. L. Rev.
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