News from the Courts

Issue May 2013

2013 edition of the Massachusetts Guide to Evidence now available

The Supreme Judicial Court and its Executive Committee on Massachusetts Evidence Law have announced the release of the 2013 edition of the Massachusetts Guide to Evidence. The Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court recommend use of the guide by the bench, bar and public.

The guide is available without charge on the websites of the Supreme Judicial Court, Appeals Court and Trial Court, where it can be searched and downloaded. The print edition of the Massachusetts Guide to Evidence is available for purchase from the Flaschner Judicial Institute, which has provided a complimentary copy to every judge in the commonwealth.

The Massachusetts Guide to Evidence assembles existing Massachusetts evidence law in an easy-to-use document organized similarly to the Federal Rules of Evidence. The guide includes extensive explanatory notes and citations to pertinent authorities.

Boudin to assume senior status

Chief Judge Sandra Lynch of the First Circuit Court of Appeals has announced that the Hon. Michael Boudin intends to assume senior status on June 1, 2013.

Boudin was born in New York City in 1939 and graduated from Harvard University Law School in 1964. After working in private practice in Washington D.C., Boudin served as deputy assistant attorney general in the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice for several years before being nominated by President George H.W. Bush in 1990 to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Boudin served as federal district judge and Bush nominated him to the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in 1992. Boudin was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 21, 1992 and served as chief circuit judge from 2001 to 2008.