Are jury instructions considered evidence?

Jury instructions are presented by the judge to the jury. The judge explains what the laws are that govern the case at hand. Jury instructions define the elements of the charged offense and define the burden of proof. Each attorney gives the judge a set of proposed jury instructions. The judge considers each instruction and then decides which ones properly state the law that applies to the case. She then makes her instruction to the jury. The jurors must accept and follow the law as instructed by the judge and use that instruction in their deliberations as they weigh testimony and evidence presented at the trial. Jury instructions are not evidence.