Massachusetts Law Updates

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Monthly Archives: July 2009

Update to our Scooter post Posted on Jul 27

Update to our Scooter post

We alerted you to new registration requirements for scooters last week. The Registry has released information on the various new types of registrations. In addition to the Limited Use scooters that can travel faster than 30 mph, but less than 40 mph, there is another   …Continue Reading Update to our Scooter post

How are we doing? Posted on Jul 23

Libraries love statistics. We look on them as a measure of our success. We are in the business of providing information and resources, and we like to know how we are doing. We count lots of things, and we count the different ways we do   …Continue Reading How are we doing?

Pro Se, in and out of the courtroom Posted on Jul 23

Pro se in the legal sense, refers to someone representing themselves in court. The Latin term means “for oneself.” In an episode from This American Life, Ira Glass brings us some stories from inside and outside the courtroom. We hear of a teenager that convinced   …Continue Reading Pro Se, in and out of the courtroom

SJC announces new Interim Guidelines to prevent identity theft Posted on Jul 20

Effective September 1, 2009 the Massachusetts courts will be implementing Interim Guidelines for certain court documents aimed at protecting the court filers personal identifying data (PID) in Massachusetts’ publicly-accessible court documents. These guidelines are nonbinding. A Summary of Interim Guidelines is available at clerk’s offices.   …Continue Reading SJC announces new Interim Guidelines to prevent identity theft

Same-Sex Marriage News Posted on Jul 9

Same-sex marriage made news in three jurisdictions this week. In the District of Columbia, the Jury and Marriage Amendment Act of 2009 (JMA) took effect on July 7, 2009, recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions. In Maine, opponents of same-sex marriages reported yesterday that   …Continue Reading Same-Sex Marriage News