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Monthly Archives: September 2009

Governor’s Authority to Make New Law Effective Immediately Posted on Sep 24

If a law does not have an emergency preamble, it is typically effective 90 days after enactment. The newly-passed law permitting the governor to appoint an interim senator does not have such a preamble. Yet a provision in the state constitution appears to give the   …Continue Reading Governor’s Authority to Make New Law Effective Immediately

Details on New Small Claims Procedure Posted on Sep 22

The District Court recently released Small Claims Changes Effective October 1, 2009, Mass. District Court Transmittal 1026, Sept. 11, 2009. This 38-page document includes everything you need to know about new small claims procedures, including “a one-page chart summarizing the amendments to the rules, a one-page   …Continue Reading Details on New Small Claims Procedure

SJC Rules GPS Monitoring of Car is Okay Posted on Sep 18

The Mass. Supreme Judicial Court ruled yesterday that police may secretly break into a suspect’s vehicle and install a GPS tracking device if the state first obtains a valid warrant. In an unanimous decision, the court decided in Commonwealth v. Connolly, that the covert placement   …Continue Reading SJC Rules GPS Monitoring of Car is Okay

Praising our own “Unsung Heroes” Posted on Sep 10

For the 5th year, Lawyers Weekly is saluting “unsung heroes” by honoring professionals in various areas. This year, two of our own have been nominated as Law Librarians : Richard Adamo and Meg Hayden.Richard Adamo, Essex Law Library : “When Richie took over the library,   …Continue Reading Praising our own “Unsung Heroes”

Holy Moses! Posted on Sep 10

The Worcester legal community is going to party for Moses next Thursday at the Worcester Law Library! Mass. Lawyers Weekly reports that the deadline to RSVP for the festivities is tomorrow. For more information, you can call the Worcester Law Library at 508-831-2525.