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instruction

n. an explanation of the law governing a case which the judge gives orally to the jury after the attorneys have presented all the evidence and have made final arguments, but before the jury begins deliberations.

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instruction

another word, used mainly in the USA, for the judge's CHARGE to a jury.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

INSTRUCTION, French law. This word signifies the means used and formality employed to prepare a case for trial. it is generally applied to criminal cases, and is then called criminal, instruction; it is then defined the acts and proceedings which tend to prove positively a crime or delict, in order to inflict on the guilty person the punishment which he deserves.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.