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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2395         FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2142

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Garrett J. Bradley

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An act relative to the examination of jurors.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Garrett J. Bradley

3rd Plymouth


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2395        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2142

By Mr. Bradley of Hingham, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2142) of Garrett J. Bradley relative to the examination of jurors.  The Judiciary. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An act relative to the examination of jurors.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              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.

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