Guide Massachusetts Guide to Evidence

(2018 edition) The purpose of the Massachusetts Guide to Evidence is to make the law of evidence more accessible and understandable to the bench, bar, and public.

Table of Contents

Statement From The Supreme Judicial Court and Introduction

Article I General Provisions

Article II Judicial Notice

Article III Inferences, Prima Facie Evidence, and Presumptions

Article IV Relevancy and its Limits

Article V Privileges and Disqualifications

Article VI Witnesses

Article VII Opinion and Expert Evidence

Article VIII Hearsay

Article IX Authentication and Identification

Article X Contents of Writings and Records

Article XI Miscellaneous



Supplement to the 2018 Massachusetts Guide to Evidence

2019 Advance Supplement: Section 1115 Evidentiary issues in care and protection, child custody, and termination of parental rights cases
This advance supplement represents Section 1115 and its accompanying note as it will appear in the 2019 Edition of the Massachusetts Guide to Evidence.  The 2019 version of this section includes substantial revisions that concern the admissibility of evidence in Care and Protection, Child Custody, and Termination of Parental Rights Cases.  Because of the importance of these revisions, this section is posted as an online supplement and is intended to make the revisions immediately available to judges and practitioners in advance of the editing and publication of the entire 2019 Edition of the Massachusetts Guide to Evidence.

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