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Jury Trial Management (In-Person Program)

Friday, March 25, 2022|9:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT


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With plenty of time for exchange of views and audience questions, this full-day program will explore the jury trial judge’s options, obligations and available resources. Following soon after publication of the fifth edition of the Massachusetts Jury Trial Benchbook (Flaschner 2022), Judges from five Trial Court departments will discuss voir dire and the pros and cons of various empanelment strategies, with attention to recent case law affecting jury selection. We have incorporated feedback from our 2019 program by adding time for breakout sessions so that judges from each court department can address specific issues of interest to them.

The program will also cover troublesome aspects of trial management, instructing the jury and post verdict events. Of interest to all judges in all courts who do jury trials, the program will be particularly useful for judges with up to five years’ experience on the bench, who know the basics and want to take the next step in their professional development.

Program Topics:

JURY SELECTION – Methods of voir dire – pros, cons and preferences; what questions to ask; follow up on juror responses (see Comm. v. Williams (2/13/19)); criteria for decision on challenges for cause; peremptories and the many recent Soares developments; other logistics

TRIAL MANAGEMENT – Public trial, press attendance; juror confidentiality, starting trial, mid-trial instructions; demonstratives; order in the court; juror notes and questions; juror misconduct; security

JURY INSTRUCTIONS – Models; case-specific instructions; verdict slips; selecting foreperson; plain language in practice; variations in how to instruct

DELIBERATIONS AND VERDICT – jury questions, when to give Tuey/Rodriguez, problems with deliberating jurors; replacement of deliberating jurors; inconsistent verdicts

POST-TRIAL EVENTS – meeting with jurors; attorney/press contact with jurors; disclosure of juror names; information learned from jurors

BREAK-OUT SESSIONS BY COURT –  Each court department will meet to discuss jury trial issues of particular concern to judges on that court.

Program Faculty:
In alphabetical order

Juvenile Court Judge Helen A. Brown Bryant
District Court Judge Catherine K. Byrne
Superior Court Judge Beverly J. Cannone
Superior Court Judge Jackie A. Cowin
District Court Judge Jennifer L. Ginsburg
Housing Court Judge Diana H. Horan
Boston Municipal Court Judge Myong Joun
Superior Court Judge Hélène Kazanjian
Superior Court Judge Maynard M. Kirpalani
District Court Judge Paul Hart Smyth
Juvenile Court Judge Gloria Y. Tan
Superior Court Judge Douglas H. Wilkins (Program Chair)
Superior Court Judge Paul D. Wilson


Friday, March 25, 2022
9:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT
Program Category:


Flaschner Judicial Institute
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