Notice

The Chief Justice Of The District Court Invites Public Comments On Proposed District Court Standing Order On Voir Dire Protocol

The Chief Justice of the District Court invites comments on the proposed Standing Order On Voir Dire Protocol in the District Court. This new order establishes a standard procedure for jury selection in each civil and criminal case while permitting attorneys and self-represented parties a fair opportunity to participate in voir dire so as to identify inappropriate bias.

The Chief Justice welcomes all comments pertaining to the issues raised and will determine whether to approve or amend the proposed standing order after reviewing the comments submitted.

Comments should be directed to Chief Justice Paul Dawley, c/o General Counsel Zachary Hillman at zachary.hillman@jud.state.ma.us or Administrative Office of the District Court, Edward W. Brooke Courthouse, 24 New Chardon St., Boston, 02114, on or before December 1, 2017 (This date reflects an extension of the original deadline). Comments will be made available to the public upon request.