Thursday, May. 30, 2013
News from the courts
Proposed amendments to Rule 43 of the Rules of Criminal Procedure
The Supreme Judicial Court's Standing
Advisory Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure invites
comments on proposed amendments to Rule 43 of the
Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure. The committee undertook
its review of Rule 43 as a result of the Supreme Judicial Court's
decision in Vizcaino v. Commonwealth, 462 Mass. 266
(2012). The committee unanimously recommends that Rule 43 be
clarified to minimize confusion concerning when and how a judge may
impose summary punishment for criminal contempt or, alternatively,
refer an alleged contemnor for prosecution by complaint or
indictment under Rule 44.
The committee welcomes all comments pertaining to the issues
raised and will make recommendations to the Supreme Judicial Court
after reviewing the comments submitted.
Comments should be directed to SJC Senior Attorney Barbara
Berenson at [e-mail Barbara.Berenson] on or before Sept. 15,
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