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Monthly Archives: May 2015

Who Determines Drought Conditions Posted on May 28

Due to the ongoing dry conditions throughout the Northeast, the government’s National Drought Monitor recently identified that a portion of eight states, including Massachusetts were identified as moderate drought areas. The forecast of high temperatures and a possibility of some rain for the upcoming week may not   …Continue Reading Who Determines Drought Conditions

“Mode of Operation” Approach in Premises Liablity Posted on May 26

A recent ruling by the Appeals Court clarified the so-called “mode of operation” approach to premises liability.   Under the approach, a plaintiff injured as the result of a dangerous condition on an owner’s property is relieved of the need to prove that the owner had   …Continue Reading “Mode of Operation” Approach in Premises Liablity

New District Court Criminal Jury Instructions Posted on May 22

The Massachusetts District Court Department issued 4 new criminal jury instructions in March 2015.  Two instructions address assault on a family and household member (6.270 and 6.275).  The others are on suffocation (6.390) and strangulation (6.395).

Public Access to Court Records: Public Hearing Posted on May 21

The Trial Court Public Access to Court Records Committee invites interested members of the public to appear before the Committee to provide comments concerning the public’s access to publicly available court case records. The hearing will be held on June 15, 2015. Chief Justice Paula   …Continue Reading Public Access to Court Records: Public Hearing

Bail Basics: What Bail Is, How It Works Posted on May 12

Want to better understand how bail works in our criminal justice system in Massachusetts? The Massachusetts Court System’s Self-Help Center has created a new webpage explaining the procedure for bail, the terms related to bail, the determining factors in setting or refusing bail, and bail   …Continue Reading Bail Basics: What Bail Is, How It Works

Thinking about retiring? Posted on May 11

Golden beaches, warm breezes, and the sounds of waves; these are some of the dreams of retirement. It doesn’t matter if you are looking for endless days of playing golf, traveling the globe, or spending more time with the grandchildren, the question of finance always   …Continue Reading Thinking about retiring?

New 2015 Guide to Evidence published as eBook Posted on May 7

New 2015 Guide to Evidence published as eBook

The new Massachusetts Guide to Evidence 2015 has been released as an eBook.  This edition includes links to cases, regulations, rules and anything that has been cited and is available on the web.  This marks the 24th publication the Trial Court Law Libraries have distributed for free   …Continue Reading New 2015 Guide to Evidence published as eBook

Comments Welcome on Sick Time Regulations Posted on May 6

The Attorney General has filed draft regulations, 940 CMR 33, to implement the Earned Sick Time Law, MGL c.149, s.148C,  which becomes effective on July 1. The public may comment through a variety of mechanisms. According to the press release, “Questions and requests for information can   …Continue Reading Comments Welcome on Sick Time Regulations

Magna Carta’s 800th Year Anniversary Posted on May 5

Magna Carta’s 800th Year Anniversary

Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law is the theme that was chosen by the American Bar Association for 2015 Law Day, celebrated every year on May 1. ABA’s Division for Public Education has created a website called “Magna Carta: Icon of Liberty” to tell the   …Continue Reading Magna Carta’s 800th Year Anniversary