FREE NEW ON-LINE EDITION OF MASS. CRIMINAL PRACTICE

The new, 2012 edition of Massachusetts Criminal Practice is now available, at no charge, HERE.

Massachusetts Criminal Practice is an 1800 page practitioner guide to the law and practices of the Massachusetts criminal courts.  As an online treatise, it is now a free resource, instead of a costly 2 volume book as earlier.  It also contains links to all the relevant rules and many other research resources in the field.

Table of Contents

PART I: PROCEEDINGS AND STRATEGIES IN DISTRICT COURT

        1.   Trial or Probable-Cause Hearing: Determining the Role of the District Court

        2.   Probable-Cause Hearings

        3.   District Court Trials

PART II: INITIATION OF CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS

        4.   Complaints and Indictments

        5.   Grand Jury Issues

        6.   Interstate Rendition and the Agreement on Detainers

PART III: ARRAIGNMENT AND RELATED ISSUES

        7.   Arraignment and Related Issues

        8.   The Right to Counsel

        9.   Pretrial Release, Bail, and Pretrial Detention

        10.  Competency to Stand Trial

PART IV: PREPARING THE CASE

        11.  Investigation and Interviewing; Directory of Sources

        12.  Forensic Science and Expert Testimony

        13.  Summoning Witnesses

PART V: PRETRIAL PROCEEDINGS

        14.  The Pretrial Conference

        15.  Pretrial Motions and Pretrial Hearings

        16.  Discovery

        17.  Search and Seizure

        18.  Issues in Eyewitness Identification Cases

        19.  Confessions

        20.  Defects in the Complaint or Indictment

        21.  Double Jeopardy

        22.  Joinder and Severance

        23.  Speedy Trial and Related Issues

        24.  Selective or Vindictive Treatment

        25.  Judicial Disqualification: The Motion to Recuse

        26.  Motions Related to Prejudicial Publicity

        27.  Motion for a Continuance

PART VI: TRIAL PROCEEDINGS

        28.  Defendant's Presence and Appearance at Trial / Security Restraints

        29.  Record of the Proceedings

        30.  Juror Examination and Selection

        31.  The Opening Statement

        32.  Examination of Witnesses

        33.  Witness's Privilege Against Self-Incrimination

        34.  Trial Motions

        35.  The Closing Argument

        36.  The Jury: Contamination, Instructions, Deliberation, and Verdict

PART VII:  PLEAS, SENTENCES, & COLLATERAL CONSEQUENCES

        37.  Plea Bargaining and Guilty Pleas

        38.  Directory of Sentencing Alternatives

        39.  Dispositions and Sentencing Advocacy

        40.  Imprisonment and Release from Custody

        41.  Probation Revocation

        42.  Immigration Consequences of Criminal Proceedings

        43.  Civil Consequences of Criminal Cases

PART VIII: APPELLATE AND POST-CONVICTION REMEDIES

        44. Post-conviction Remedies

        45.  Appeals

PART IX: SPECIAL ISSUES

        46.  Contempt

        47.  Operating Under the Influence

        48.  Cases Alleging Child Abuse

        49.  Delinquency Proceedings

        50.  Restraining Order Violations

PART X: RESEARCHING MASSACHUSETTS CRIMINAL LAW

        51. Guide to Researching Massachusetts Criminal Practice and Procedure

        52. Links to Court Rules

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