MASSACHUSETTS CRIMINAL DEFENSE GUIDE
This guide was prepared for students working in the Suffolk University Law School Pro Bono Program although some of the resources may be useful to others doing criminal defense research.
This guide introduces some important resources for Massachusetts criminal defense and information on how to find additional materials particular to the legal problem you are researching. Where appropriate this guide links to other guides prepared for the Suffolk University Law School Pro Bono Program or by the Moakley Law Library.
Moakley Law Library Catalog
For additional information on finding general resources, see the General Resources Guide.
Secondary sources are a good place to start when doing research on criminal defense. The following treatises and form books analyze and explain the law, give citations to statutes and leading cases, and provide sample forms. Some of the materials are general in scope, while others are specific to cases in Massachusetts or federal courts.
Substantive Criminal Law / Wayne R. LaFave
Criminal Procedure / Wayne R. LaFave [et al.]
Wharton's Criminal Procedure / Nancy Hollander, Barbara E. Bergman, Melissa Stephenson
Complete manual of criminal forms / F. Lee Bailey and Kenneth J. Fishman
Criminal Trial Techniques / F. Lee Bailey and Kenneth J. Fishman
Criminal Defense Motions / Victoria L. Nadel and Roger Witkin
Criminal Law / Joseph R. Nolan and Laurie J. Sartorio
Massachusetts District Court Criminal Defense Manual / editors, Cathleen L. Bennett [et al.]; authors, John Andrews [et al.]
Criminal Model Jury Instructions for Use in the District Court / District Court Dept. of the Trial Court, Administrative Office of the District Court
Massachusetts Superior Court Criminal Practice Manual / edited by Hon. Robert H. Bohn, Jr ... [et al.]
Massachusetts Superior Court Criminal Practice Forms / editor, Robert H. Bohn
Massachusetts Superior Court Criminal Practice Jury Instructions / editor, Frances A. McIntyre ; authors, Eric Brandt ... [et al.]
Massachusetts Jury Instructions, Criminal / Stephen B. Hrones and William P. Homans, Jr
Federal Practice and Procedure / Charles Alan Wright and Arthur Raphael Miller
Moore's Federal Practice / James Wm. Moore ; board of editors, Daniel R. Coquillette [et al.]
Bender's Federal Practice Forms / Louis R. Frumer and Marvin Waxner
West's Federal Forms
Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries:
The Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries have guides in many areas of law that include online resources, links to forms, and other helpful sources. Their guide on Criminal Law and Procedure features links to:
Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services - Assigned Counsel Manual:
Links to Massachusetts and Federal statutes are to free sources of law. These sources may not be updated frequently and are unannotated.
*Note: Westlaw and Lexis are subscription databases with limited availability. Other databases or resources may only be available to members of the Suffolk community or from computers at the Law Library.
If you have questions or comments, please email: Rick Buckingham, Electronic Services and Legal Reference Librarian.
Created: June 30, 2010.
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