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Word(s) of the Month - rule of law

Word(s) of the Month – rule of law posted on Jun 7

Words of law is a regular feature of Massachusetts Law Updates, highlighting a particular word or phrase and its meaning in law. Today’s phrase is rule of law. rule of law. (18c) 1. A substantive legal principle <under the rule of law known as respondeat superior, the employer   …Continue Reading Word(s) of the Month – rule of law

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The Law Against Lying and False News in Colonial Massachusetts posted on May 7

Lying or spreading “false news” was treated as a crime in colonial Massachusetts.  In 1645 the Massachusetts Bay Colony passed a law which stated: “Whereas truth in words as well as in actions is required of all men, especially of Christians, who are the professed   …Continue Reading The Law Against Lying and False News in Colonial Massachusetts

Word(s) of the Month – search warrant posted on Apr 10

Word(s) of the Month - search warrant

  Words of law is a regular feature of Massachusetts Law Updates, highlighting a particular word or phrase and its meaning in law. Today’s phrase is search warrant. search warrant, n. (18c) Criminal law. A judge’s written order authorizing a law-enforcement officer to conduct a search of a   …Continue Reading Word(s) of the Month – search warrant

Portraits in Massachusetts Law: Lemuel Shaw posted on Apr 4

Portraits in Massachusetts Law: Lemuel Shaw

Portraits in Massachusetts Law is a regular feature of Massachusetts Law Updates. These pages provide links to biographical information abut people who have been particularly important in legal history in Massachusetts, as our government took shape in the cauldron of the American Revolution and grew and   …Continue Reading Portraits in Massachusetts Law: Lemuel Shaw

Freedom of Information Day posted on Mar 16

Freedom of Information Day

National Freedom of Information Day is observed on March 16, 2018 to recognize the public’s right to information held by government agencies. Freedom of Information Day is an annual event held on the birthday of James Madison, one of our founding fathers. The Freedom of Information   …Continue Reading Freedom of Information Day

Supreme Judicial Court invites comments on grand jury practice posted on Mar 6

The Supreme Judicial Court Committee on Grand Jury Proceedings solicits comments on a set of recommended best practices by prosecutors in making presentments to the grand jury.  The committee invites all comments on or before Monday, April 2, 2018. As stated in Commonwealth v. Grassie, 476   …Continue Reading Supreme Judicial Court invites comments on grand jury practice