SJC invites comment on proposed Criminal Procedure Rule
The Supreme Judicial Court's Standing Advisory Committee on the
Rules of Criminal Procedure invites comments on proposed Rule 23 of
the Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure. This new rule would
require that any stipulation to an essential element of a charged
offense entered by the parties before or during trial be in writing
and signed by the prosecutor, the defendant and defense counsel.
This rule would additionally require that any such stipulation
shall be read to the jury and may be introduced into evidence.
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 The Standing Advisory Committee
on the Rules of Criminal Procedure, c/o Senior Attorney Barbara
Berenson at Supreme Judicial
Court, John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square, Boston 02108 on
or before June 30, 2014. Comments will be made available to the
public. Visit www.mass.gov/courts for the proposed reporter's notes
to Rule 23.
Amendment to SJC Rule 4:02
The Supreme Judicial Court has approved changes to Rule 4:02 of
the Rules of the Supreme Judicial Court effective July 1, 2014.
Visit www.mass.gov/courts to read the notice.