Title

Criminal Law and Procedure

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1976

ISSN

0570-2674

Publisher

Boston College Law School

Language

en-US

Abstract

The Constitutionality of the Trial de Novo System. The legal challenge to the constitutionality of the Massachusetts trial de novo system was settled by the Supreme Court of the United States during the Survey year in Ludwig v. Massachusetts. The Court upheld the Commonwealth's practice of trial de novo finding that the system does not constitute an impermissible burden upon a defendant's right to a trial by jury and that the requirement that a defendant undergo two trials in order to obtain a jury trial is not a violation of the right against double jeopardy.

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