California Civil Jury Instructions § 401
California Civil Jury Instructions (CACI)
CACI are the approved jury instructions from the Judicial Council of California. Jury instructions are read to the jury by the judge and establish the law the jury must follow in deciding the case. A partner of Cheong, Denove, Rowell & Bennetthas been formally recognized as one of the attorneys who assisted the task force in the preparation of these jury instructions.
401. Basic Standard of Care
Negligence is the failure to use reasonable care to prevent harm to oneself or to others.
A person can be negligent by acting or by failing to act. A person is negligent if he or she does something that a reasonably careful person would not do in the same situation or fails to do something that a reasonably careful person would do in the same situation.
You must decide how a reasonably careful person would have acted in [name of plaintiff/defendant]’s situation.
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