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Finding Presidential Executive Orders posted on Feb 21

“Executive orders are official documents, numbered consecutively, through which the President of the United States manages the operations of the Federal Government.” The President signs an Executive order, and it is published in the Federal Register, published daily under the auspices of the Office of   …Continue Reading Finding Presidential Executive Orders

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Word(s) of the Month – Common Law posted on Feb 15

Word(s) of the Month - Common Law

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 common law. common law, n. [fr. Law French commen ley “common law”] (14c)  1.The body of law derived from judicial   …Continue Reading Word(s) of the Month – Common Law

Independence of the Judiciary posted on Feb 10

Alexander Hamilton wrote about “The Judiciary Department” in Federalist No. 78. In what have become known as the Federalist Papers, Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay wrote 85 articles and essays under the pseudonym of Publius in an effort to convince the citizens of New   …Continue Reading Independence of the Judiciary

Portraits in Massachusetts Law: John Adams posted on Jan 26

Portraits in Massachusetts Law: John Adams

Portraits in Massachusetts Law is intended to be a regular feature of Massachusetts Law Updates. These pages will provide links to biographical information about people who have been particularly important in legal history in Massachusetts, as our government took shape in the cauldron of the   …Continue Reading Portraits in Massachusetts Law: John Adams

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

Word(s) of the month- Voir Dire

  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

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