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Monthly Archives: July 2015

Recent Changes to the Bankruptcy Rules Posted on Jul 30

Pursuant to Standing Order 2015-04, Chapter 13 Rule 13-20 of the Massachusetts Local Bankruptcy Rules is rescinded and replaced; and Standing Order 2015-05 has added Official Local Form 18: Notice of Address Change: Payment and/or Notice Address – Supplement Relating to Existing Proof of Claim.   …Continue Reading Recent Changes to the Bankruptcy Rules

Prisoners’ rights and prison conditions in Massachusetts Posted on Jul 9

The recent escape of two inmates from a maximum security correctional facility in upstate New York has prompted many people to wonder about the rights and privileges of prisoners in the United States in general, including issues such as access to tools, money, mail, telephones, exercise, common rooms, and   …Continue Reading Prisoners’ rights and prison conditions in Massachusetts

Spanking and Parental Privilege Posted on Jul 3

The Supreme Judicial Court has ruled for the first time that “reasonable force” used by parent in the discipline of their children is permissible. The justices say the force used must be “reasonably related to the purpose of safeguarding or promoting the welfare of the   …Continue Reading Spanking and Parental Privilege

Public Hearing held by Trial Court Public Access to Court Records Committee Posted on Jul 2

On June 15, 2015, the Trial Court Public Access to Court Records Committee held a public hearing to receive the views of interested individuals and organizations with regard to issues surrounding the public’s access to court case records, including the availability of case records on   …Continue Reading Public Hearing held by Trial Court Public Access to Court Records Committee

White Shark Emergency Regulations Issued Posted on Jul 1

White Shark Emergency Regulations Issued

The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries issued emergency regulations (322 Code of Mass. Regulations 6.37) in early June which prohibit people from attracting or capturing white sharks within the Commonwealth waters unless they have a special permit.  In an advisory the agency states: “Recent scientific studies   …Continue Reading White Shark Emergency Regulations Issued