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2018 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, 2018 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 2018 Official Print Edition includes substantive changes to the guidelines to reflect the evolving law of evidence. This year’s edition includes new sections on civil commitment hearings for mental illness and for alcohol and substance use disorders, as well as revisions to the guidelines on inadequate police investigation evidence, evidentiary issues in care and protection and termination of parental rights cases, and the privilege against self-incrimination.

The 2018 Official Print Edition contains:
• Approximately 329 new citations to 201 different sources (cases, rules, laws, etc.)
• 119 citations to 2017 cases
• 67 different 2017 cases
• 5 new 2016 cases

“The Guide is a highly respected and practical research tool and frequently used resource for the most current Massachusetts evidence law. Attorneys, judges, and self-represented litigants daily use and rely on the Guide in courts throughout the Commonwealth.” – SJC Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants.

Publisher: Flaschner Judicial Institute (2018)

Softcover: 720 pages

Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches


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