Unlike the federal courts and most states, Massachusetts state courts have no rules of evidence. Last year, the Supreme Judicial Court appointed an advisory committee to draft a guide to evidence law, directing the committee “to assemble the current law in one easily usable document, along the lines of the Federal Rules of Evidence.” The committee has now completed a preliminary draft and published it online for comment. Comments are due by Oct. 5.

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