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Learning the Ropes: New Superior Court Juror Voir Dire in Massachusetts Posted on Mar 13

Now that the Superior Courts of Massachusetts permit attorneys and self-represented parties to participate in juror voir dire, the Trial Court Law Libraries have information to help you learn effective procedures. Law: St.2014, Chapter 254, Section 2 Superior Court Rule: Superior Court Standing Order 1-15   …Continue Reading Learning the Ropes: New Superior Court Juror Voir Dire in Massachusetts

Voir Dire by Attorneys and Pro-Se Litigants coming to Massachusetts Posted on Jan 2

The process of jury selection in Superior Court in Massachusetts will change on February 2, 2015, allowing participation by attorneys or self-represented parties in juror voir dire. A Standing Order has been issued by the Court to provide an interim procedure for the implementation of   …Continue Reading Voir Dire by Attorneys and Pro-Se Litigants coming to Massachusetts

Interim Procedure for Attorney and Self-Represented Party Participation in Juror Voir Dire Posted on Dec 10

The Supreme Judicial Court has announced an interim procedure to implement a new statute, St. 2014, Chapter 254, Section 2, which grants attorneys and self-represented litigants the right to participate in juror voir dire in the Superior Court. Voir dire is the part of the jury   …Continue Reading Interim Procedure for Attorney and Self-Represented Party Participation in Juror Voir Dire

Governor signs bill changing voir dire in Superior Court Posted on Aug 17

Governor Patrick recently signed into law (Chapter 254 of the Acts of 2014) a bill that will allow a litigant or their attorney to question prospective jurors in criminal and civil cases tried in the Massachusetts Superior Courts.  The court may grant additional time or impose reasonable limitations   …Continue Reading Governor signs bill changing voir dire in Superior Court