Massachusetts Evidence: A Courtroom Reference
Seasoned advice and sharp analysis
- Product Number: 1880130B00
- Publication Date: 9/6/2023
- Edition: 2023 Edition
- Copyright: © 2023 MCLE, Inc.
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Massachusetts Evidence: A Courtroom Reference is a comprehensive guide to the admissibility of evidence—presented by authors who have confronted these issues in the crucible of the courtroom. The book is packed with useful features: judicial commentary from experienced Massachusetts trial court judges, online updates that brief readers on postpublication developments in the law, and an electronic version of the book provided for enhanced searchability and for ready reference on the road and in the courthouse. Designed to assist Massachusetts courtroom lawyers at every stage of their careers, Massachusetts Evidence: A Courtroom Reference is a trusted companion for evidentiary practice in Massachusetts.
Update: August 2023
Thank you for updating your library with the 2023 edition of Massachusetts Evidence: A Courtroom Reference .
This latest edition incorporates developments on a wide range of topics in Massachusetts evidence, such as
- the scope of the "benevolent gestures" statute and of the doctrine of verbal completeness;
- judicial notice of municipal ordinances;
- the scope of the rape shield statute;
- the scope of the attorney-client privilege in situations where an attorney is advising both a corporation and one of its corporate officers;
- numerous applications of the law of hearsay, including references to past recollection recorded, excited utterances, state of mind, and out-of-court identifications;
- a conversation started through text messages and completed in person as a "single, continuous" first complaint;
- the absence of a requirement that witnesses meet a particular threshold of certainty in offering expert testimony;
- distinctions between demonstrations and experiments;
- requirements for admitting prior recorded grand jury testimony, considering in particular how fully the prosecutor developed the case before the grand jury; and
- the court's discretion to allow the use of a chalk even if it is inaccurate, provided that the problems can be addressed in cross-examination.
We trust you will find the 2023 edition of Massachusetts Evidence: A Courtroom Reference a valuable resource, as we at MCLE continue our efforts to bring you the latest solutions to the issues you face in your practice.
Very truly yours,
John M. Lawlor, MCLE Publications Attorney
- Update: August 2023
Table of Contents
Table of Contentsexpand allChapter 01 expand
Introduction and Exclusion of Evidence; Burdens of ProofBuy ChapterChapter 02 expand
Judicial Admissions and Evidentiary AdmissionsBuy ChapterChapter 03 expand
Witness CompetencyBuy ChapterChapter 04 expand
Evidentiary PrivilegesBuy ChapterChapter 05 expand
HearsayBuy ChapterChapter 06 expand
Expert TestimonyBuy ChapterChapter 07 expand
Unavailable WitnessesBuy ChapterChapter 08 expand
Real EvidenceBuy ChapterChapter 09 expand
Documentary EvidenceBuy ChapterChapter 10 expand
Massachusetts Guide to Evidence, 2023 Edition—Quick Reference VersionBuy Chapter
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