Welcome to MASSACHUSETTS CRIMINAL LAW: A PROSECUTOR'S GUIDE Online.
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, currently updated through August of 2018. 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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Also law students at the following institutions have access through your school Law Library: Harvard, Suffolk, Boston College, Northeastern, and Western New England School of Law.
1/13/19: The Exigent Searches Chapter of the Guide has been revised to reflect the recent decision of the Supreme Judicial Court in Commonwealth v. Alexis, an important expansion of the substantive protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.
Please see What's New for further details.