On this site, you will find the full text of the 38th edition of the Prosecutor's Guide. The Guide presents a timely and comprehensive analysis of Massachusetts criminal law and its practice in the courts of the Commonwealth. It is fully updated each fall and during the year as new developments in the law warrant. Please consult our What's New page for the most recent changes. In addition, this online text is linked to a database of Massachusetts court decisions maintained by the Trial Court Law Libraries at masscases.com.

The text also cites and discusses significant criminal law cases decided by the Supreme Court, the federal Courts of Appeals, and state appellate courts from around the country. The principal focus, however, is on Massachusetts criminal law and its practice in the courts of the Commonwealth.

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Please note:

3/14/19:   "Indecent Assault and Battery" has been revised to reflect statutory changes and case law developments, including Williams on voir dire and Sherman on consent.

3/8/19:   "Battery" has been revised to incorporate case developments in the law governing reckless conduct, self-defense, transferred intent, and accident.

3/5/19:   The section on bail in "Procedure 1" has been updated to reflect the SJC's decision in Scione.

Please see What's New for further details.


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