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The 190th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 67D: Voir dire procedures

[ Text of section added by 2016, 36, Sec. 4 effective May 10, 2016.]

  Section 67D. Notwithstanding section 67A, the following procedures shall govern in all criminal and civil superior court jury trials:

  (1) In addition to whatever jury voir dire of the jury venire is conducted by the court, the court shall permit, upon the request of any party's attorney or a self-represented party, the party's attorney or self-represented party to conduct an oral examination of the prospective jurors at the discretion of the court.

  (2) The court may impose reasonable limitations upon the questions and the time allowed during such examination, including, but not limited to, requiring pre-approval of the questions.

  (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) The court may promulgate rules to implement this section, including, but not limited to, providing consistent policies, practices and procedures relating to the process of jury voir dire.