Massachusetts Law Updates

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Monthly Archives: January 2009

New Superior Court Rule 9A Posted on Jan 27

The Massachusetts Superior Court has amended Rule 9A effective March 2, 2009. The new rule includes substantial changes, particularly in its incorporation of new technologies. For example, the new rule requires parties to include email addresses on papers, and requires that “the statement of material   …Continue Reading New Superior Court Rule 9A

Criminal Jury Instructions Online Posted on Jan 27

The Massachusetts District Court criminal model jury instructions are now available online in their entirety.  You can find a link to the instructions and other criminal procedure resources at our Mass. Law About Criminal Procedure page.

Uniform Probate Code Posted on Jan 23

http://www.mass.gov/courts/case-legal-res/law-lib/laws-by-subj/about/wills.htmlLast week, Massachusetts adopted the Uniform Probate Code, St.2008, c.521, resulting in major changes to current probate laws.  The new law repeals current chapters 189, 190 and 190A. According to the Mass. Bar Association, “The reforms increase uniformity with other states, add protections for those   …Continue Reading Uniform Probate Code

Self-Represented Litigants Report Posted on Jan 16

The Supreme Judicial Court Steering Committee on Self-Represented Litigants has released their report: Addressing the Needs of Self-Represented Litigants in Our Courts. The report focuses on six areas: (1) expanding access to legal representation ; (2) developing judicial guidelines and training programs ; (3) developing   …Continue Reading Self-Represented Litigants Report

Marijuana Possession Law Effective Today Posted on Jan 2

The new law decriminalizing the possession of one ounce or less of marijuana, St.2008, c.387,  is effective today.  A great site provided by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security summarizes the law: “As of January 2, possession of an ounce or less of   …Continue Reading Marijuana Possession Law Effective Today