Introductory Note

These instructions are for use in hearings to determine if a child is delinquent under the Oklahoma Juvenile Code, 10 O.S. Supp. 1996, §§ 7301-1.1 - 7307-1.8. Delinquency hearings are subject to a right to jury trial. 10 O.S. Supp. 1996, § 7303-4.1. The procedure for conducting delinquency hearings is found in 10 O.S. Supp. 1996, § 7303-4.2. The Court of Criminal Appeals has jurisdiction of appeals from juvenile delinquency proceedings. 10 O.S. Supp. 1996, § 7303-6.2.

The instructions in Part A are to be given at the beginning of trial and cover voir dire and other introductory matters. These instructions serve as a guide to the trial judge in questioning the jury panel prior to questioning by counsel. They need not be reduced to writing and distributed to the jury along with the other instructions in the case.

The instructions in Part B are to be given at the conclusion of the trial.