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Word(s) of the month- Voir Dire

Word(s) of the month- Voir Dire posted on Jan 11

  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 voir dire. voir dire (vwahr deer also vor deer or vor dir) n. [Law French “to speak the truth”]   …Continue Reading Word(s) of the month- Voir Dire

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Massachusetts Laws Effective January 1, 2017 posted on Jan 9

Here is a selected list of statutes that became effective on January 1, 2017. M.G.L. c. 40R, “Smart Growth Zoning and Housing Production.”  Originally added by St. 2004, c. 149 § 92, M.G.L. c. 40R has been extensively revised. There are changes to § § 2-12 and   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Laws Effective January 1, 2017

Massachusetts Electors Vote for the President posted on Dec 23

In September, we wrote about “The Electoral College and Massachusetts Law”, explaining how the Electoral College works in Massachusetts with links to the law. A Certificate of Ascertainment listing the Elector-candidates in the 2016 Presidential Election, with vote totals next to their names, has been filed with   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Electors Vote for the President

Duck boat bill signed to improve safety posted on Dec 14

Tour companies offering sight-seeing via amphibious vehicles, commonly known as duck boats, are required to add safety features and regulations while tourists are aboard and traveling on public thoroughfares. Signed by Governor Charlie Baker last Thursday, December 8, the new law requires the vehicles, based   …Continue Reading Duck boat bill signed to improve safety

Thanksgiving in Massachusetts History posted on Nov 23

We wanted to trace the history of Thanksgiving in Massachusetts for you, but the task proved challenging. We all know the story of the “first Thanksgiving” in Plymouth in 1621, but what happened in the following years? As it turns out, it was not uncommon for authorities   …Continue Reading Thanksgiving in Massachusetts History

Word(s) of the Month – stare decisis posted on Nov 21

Word(s) of the Month – stare decisis

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 stare decisis. stare decisis (Stahr-ee di-sI-sis or stair-ee), n. [Latin “to stand by things decided”] (18c) The doctrine of precedent,   …Continue Reading Word(s) of the Month – stare decisis