The author intends this article as a practical approach to the topic of instructions. It will be most helpful to the young lawyer or beginning pleader in the negligence area of the law. The article has two distinct parts. First, an examination of Nebraska's instruction procedure in comparison to those procedures in other states, and second, ten very practical "commandments" set forth as guides to the lawyer practicing under Nebraska's present system.

I. Introduction

II. Adequacy of Instruction Procedure

III. Relationship of the Trial Lawyer to the Are of Instructions … A. Fundamental Purpose of Instructions … B. The Ten Commandments for Trial Attorneys … C. Instructions and the Voir Dire … D. Conclusions