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Word(s) of the Month - search warrant

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

  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

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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

State Building Code- new 9th edition posted on Nov 6

The Massachusetts Board of Regulations and Standards has issued the 9th edition of the State Building Code (780 Code of Massachusetts Regulations).  It was published in Massachusetts Register #1350, and it became effective on October 20, 2017.  There is a concurrency period with the 8th edition from October 20,   …Continue Reading State Building Code- new 9th edition

Witchcraft law up to the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692 posted on Oct 31

Early in 1692, a group of girls in Salem Village (now the town of Danvers) began to accuse people of witchcraft.  Accusations swelled, and soon, many people had been examined and jailed, awaiting trial. What laws were followed during the Salem witch trials of 1692? Under   …Continue Reading Witchcraft law up to the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692