Monday, February 6, 2023

Montcalm County prosecutor appointed to committee on Model Criminal Jury Instructions

LANSING — The Michigan Supreme Court has appointed Montcalm County Prosecuting Attorney Andrea Krause to the Committee on Model Criminal Jury Instructions.

Andrea Krause

The Committee is composed of attorneys and judges whose duty it is to ensure that the criminal jury instructions accurately inform jurors about the legal process in which they will participate and the law that they are to apply in an understandable, conversational, and unbiased manner.

“I am honored to serve on this committee,” Krause said.  “A just criminal justice system requires that it be transparent and understandable.  I have worked in the trial courts for a long time and want to help develop best practices in this area.  I look forward to joining the other members of the committee.”

The Committee has the authority to amend or repeal existing instructions and to adopt new instructions.

“Andrea Krause is a fine addition to the Criminal Jury Instructions Committee,” said Thomas Weichel, PAAM president.  “Her 33 years of experience in the courtroom demonstrate her background in this area.”

Krause was appointed for a two-year term from Jan. 1, 2023, to Dec. 31, 2025.

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