TO: Joint Procedure Committee
FROM: Mike Hagburg
RE: Rule 31, N.D.R.Crim.P., Verdict
Attached are proposed amendments to Rule 31. The amendments are form and style amendments in the spirit of the December 2002 federal criminal rule amendments and are based on the amendments to Fed.R.Crim.P. 31.
A new paragraph (b)(2) on partial verdicts for multiple counts is added to clarify the rule for these situations.
Rule 31 contains some material not included in the federal rule, specifically the subdivision on special verdicts, beginning at line 28. Revisions to this material are based on the federal court rule drafting guidelines and the North Dakota legislative drafting guidelines.
The proposed changes are intended to be stylistic only.