2019 Edition

Official Print Edition of the Supreme Judicial Court Advisory Committee on Massachusetts Evidence Law

The Flaschner Judicial Institute has once again worked with the Supreme Judicial Court Advisory Committee on Massachusetts Evidence Law to produce the Official Print Edition of the Massachusetts Guide to Evidence, 2019 Edition. It is the only print edition with the exact same pagination, index and table of authorities as the version all Massachusetts state judges receive from the Flaschner Judicial Institute.

The Guide assembles existing Massachusetts evidence law in an easy-to-use document organized similarly to the Federal Rules of Evidence, with extensive explanatory notes and citations. Everything in the Guide has been approved by the SJC as a valid statement of Massachusetts evidence law.

As with each new edition of the Guide, the 2019 edition contains significant revisions and additions. These include substantial revisions to the notes to Section 404(b) regarding admissibility of crimes, wrongs, or other acts; the text to Section 504(c) regarding parent-child disqualification; the text and note to Section 611(b)(1) regarding the scope of cross-examination; the note to Section 613(a)(2) and (3) concerning impeachment evidence; the note to Section 704 regarding improper vouching; and the note to Section 801 regarding the use of deposition evidence at trial. This edition also adds Section 1112(b)(4) and a new note regarding suggestive identification not resulting from police procedures, revises the text and notes to Section 1115 (Evidentiary Issues in Care and Protection, Child Custody, and Termination of Parental Rights Cases), and expands the note to Section 1116(b)(1) regarding peremptory challenges.

The 2019 edition includes over fifty references to new appellate court decisions and to keep the Guide to a manageable length, many long quotations were eliminated in favor of briefer paraphrases, some notes were streamlined, and redundant citations were removed.

Publisher: Flaschner Judicial Institute (2019)

Softcover: 740 pages

Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches


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