SECTION 28 of Chapter 234 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting the following after the second paragraph:
Notwithstanding the above, in all jury trials, both criminal and civil, the following
procedures shall govern.
(1)In addition to whatever jury voir dire of the jury venire is conducted by the court, and
subject to the provisions in subparagraph (3) of this act for the Commonwealth in criminal cases involving multiple defendants, the court shall permit, upon the request of any party or any party's attorney, the party or the party's attorney to conduct, under the direction of the court, an oral examination of the jury venire.
(2) The court may impose reasonable limitations upon the questions allowed during such
examination. Additional time may be granted in the discretion of the court.
(3) In criminal cases involving multiple defendants, the Commonwealth shall be entitled
to the same amount of time as that to which all defendants together are entitled.
(4) This act shall not limit the number of peremptory challenges a party is entitled to by
statute or court rule.
The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The General Court provides this information as a public service and while we endeavor to keep the data accurate and current to the best of our ability, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.