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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Emancipation Proclamation 150th Anniversary Celebrated Posted on Dec 31

Emancipation Proclamation 150th Anniversary Celebrated

Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863 as a precursor to the abolishment of slavery upon the ratification of the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The first Watch Night services were held on New Year’s Eve, 1862, in anticipation of the   …Continue Reading Emancipation Proclamation 150th Anniversary Celebrated

Temp Workers Right To Know Posted on Dec 28

Massachusetts’ new law requiring staffing agencies to provide temporary workers with more information regarding their employment will go into effect on January 31, 2013.

Child Care Providers Face New Crib Standards Posted on Dec 28

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reminds child care providers that effective December 28, 2012, the cribs that child care facilities, family child care homes, and places of public accommodation affecting commerce, provide for use must comply with current CPSC crib standards.

Massachusetts:Top Ranked Knowledge Economy Leader. Posted on Dec 27

Massachusetts and Delaware stand out as the top performers in the ‘New Economy’ among US states according to L’atelier.  They, and the other leading Knowledge Economy states, boast several major universities and business-friendly corporation law, and invest heavily in R&D and innovation. Massachusetts, the top-ranked   …Continue Reading Massachusetts:Top Ranked Knowledge Economy Leader.

Purchasing wine online in Massachusetts Posted on Dec 27

The gift of a special wine is a holiday tradition, but in Massachusetts, purchasing wine online is difficult at best. Currently, only wineries that are licensed by the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission can sell and ship wine directly to residents, G.L. Ch. 138, c.19F.  Most   …Continue Reading Purchasing wine online in Massachusetts

Confused about fees to appeal a speeding ticket? Posted on Dec 20

The $25 fee to challenge a speeding ticket issued by an officer is clear enough.  The motorist can request a noncriminal hearing on the back of the citation and mail the citation, together with a $25 filing fee, to the registry of motor vehicles at   …Continue Reading Confused about fees to appeal a speeding ticket?

Minor Changes Announced to SJC Rule 3:12 Posted on Dec 20

The Code of Responsibility for Clerks of the Courts has been amended slightly effective January 1, 2013. In Canon 1,  “Judicial Case Manager or Assistant Judicial Case Manager” has been added to the definition of “Clerk Magistrate,” and in Canon 2, the following sentence was   …Continue Reading Minor Changes Announced to SJC Rule 3:12

EVERY DOG HAS ITS DAY….BUT IN THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT? Posted on Dec 20

On October 31st the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases that involved the use of drug detection dogs and fourth amendment rights (Florida v. Jardines, Docket No. 11-564, and, Florida v. Harris, Docket No. 11-817). Transcripts and audios are available from the   …Continue Reading EVERY DOG HAS ITS DAY….BUT IN THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT?

New Requirements for Indictment of Juvenile for Murder Posted on Dec 17

In Comm. v. Walczak, decided December 12, the SJC held that “In future cases, where the Commonwealth seeks to indict a juvenile for murder and where there is substantial evidence of mitigating circumstances or defenses (other than lack of criminal responsibility) presented to the grand   …Continue Reading New Requirements for Indictment of Juvenile for Murder

Child Support Enforcement’s website redesigned Posted on Dec 17

The Child Support Enforcement (CSE) unit of the Dept. of Revenue has redesigned its website with a description of the changes. There are 4 languages represented on the website (Spanish, Portuguese, Vietnamese and Cape Verdean).