This FJI publication reviews the recommendations the Supreme Judicial Court and Massachusetts Appeals Court have provided judges in their criminal decisions on how to exercise judicial discretion in particular circumstances and what judicial action may affirmatively be required. Through excerpts of reported decisions, judges and attorneys alike will find this material useful to familiarize them with the various issues that have previously been confronted by trial court judges and considered by the appellate courts, and find guidance in executing a sound course of action when similarly confronted with an issue identified in the book. To see a list of issues addressed, click here to download a pdf of the detailed table of contents.

Author:  James F. Comerford, Esq.

Editor:  Hon. Carol S. Ball, Superior Court

Publisher: Flaschner Judicial Institute (2014)

Softcover: 99 pages

Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches

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