Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014
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Voir dire bill awaiting action by the governor

Late last night, the Senate enacted Massachusetts Bar Association sponsored legislation that would allow attorneys to ask questions directly to potential jurors.

It would also permit plaintiffs to specify an amount for damages bringing Massachusetts in line with 39 other states permitting attorney conducted voir dire. The bill gives discretion to judges to impose reasonable limitations on the voir dire process.

The bill is currently pending with Gov. Deval L. Patrick. He has 10 days to act. The MBA will continue to advocate for the passage of this legislation along with the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys. To read the bill, click here.

To contact the governor and register your support for HB.4123, please call (617) 725-4005.

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