Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014
Visit the MBA's Voir Dire Resource Center
Starting Feb. 2, 2015, Massachusetts attorneys will, for the
first time, be allowed to question prospective jurors in civil and
criminal trials throughout the Superior Court.
Visit the MBA's Voir
Dire Resource Center for implementation protocols and
information about our Voir Dire Training on Jan. 27.
With the passage of Chapter 254 of the Acts of 2014 in August,
Massachusetts joins 39 other states that allow some form of
attorney-conducted voir dire. The new law not only permits
attorneys to question potential jurors and screen for bias in
Superior Court trials, it also allows attorneys to suggest a
monetary amount for damages suffered by a plaintiff in a civil
trial. The MBA and the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys
advocated strongly for both measures.