Massachusetts Law Updates

Official Blog of the Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries

Monthly Archives: August 2015

Welcome to Massachusetts! Posted on Aug 31

As new college students arrive in Massachusetts, we thought we’d point out a few resources on Massachusetts landlord-tenant law that may prove helpful. The Attorney General’s Guide to Massachusetts Landlord-Tenant Rights is a handy 13-page pamphlet on Massachusetts law and additional sources of information. Tenant Rights   …Continue Reading Welcome to Massachusetts!

Student Learning Time Posted on Aug 28

Hard to believe, but back-to-school time is nearly upon us. In Massachusetts, 603 CMR 27 covers student learning time, and this is where we get the 180-day requirement for schools. In particular,  603 CMR 27.03 details School Year Requirements: 27.03: School Year Requirements (1) Prior   …Continue Reading Student Learning Time

Credit Union Branching Regulations Posted on Aug 27

As we told you back in March in Credit Unions Branching Out, Massachusetts has a new law  (MGL c.171, s.8, as added by St.2014, c.466) governing Credit Unions opening branches. This month, the Division of Banks issued the applicable regulations at 209 CMR 58. According   …Continue Reading Credit Union Branching Regulations

Transgender People and Amended Birth Certificates Posted on Aug 26

Massachusetts law was amended effective August 1, 2015, so that a person can request an amended birth certificate after “completion of medical intervention for the purpose of permanent sex reassignment.” Previously, the law had required the completion of “sex reassignment surgery.”  The new law is St.   …Continue Reading Transgender People and Amended Birth Certificates

Comments Invited on Proposed Court Rule on Personal Identifying Information Posted on Aug 25

The Supreme Judicial Court’s Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil and Appellate Procedure (SAC) invites comments on a proposed new rule, SJC Rule 1:24, Personal Identifying Information. The new rule is based on the nonbinding Supreme Judicial Court Interim Guidelines for the Protection   …Continue Reading Comments Invited on Proposed Court Rule on Personal Identifying Information

New Trial Court Policy on Cameras and Electronic Devices Posted on Aug 24

The Trial Court has issued a policy on possession and use of cameras and electronic devices in courthouses, effective August 15, 2015. Some highlights: All members of the general public entering the Trial Court in possession of PEDs or cameras will be instructed in passing   …Continue Reading New Trial Court Policy on Cameras and Electronic Devices

Constitutionality of Massachusetts Law on Sex Trafficking Posted on Aug 21

The Supreme Judicial Court has rejected a challenge to the constitutionality of the Massachusetts law G. L. c. 265, § 50 (a) that targets sex trafficking.  An Act relative to the commercial exploitation of people,  which criminalized sexual servitude, forced labor, and organ trafficking was approved in 2011.     …Continue Reading Constitutionality of Massachusetts Law on Sex Trafficking

Mass. Consumer Resource Center Online Posted on Aug 20

” The Massachusetts Bar Association’s Consumer Advocacy Task Force has launched a Consumer Law Resource Center on MassLawHelp.com, homepage of the MBA’s Lawyer Referral Service, providing a ‘clearinghouse’ of useful links, quick-tip videos and answers to some of the most frequently asked consumer protection questions.” Topics   …Continue Reading Mass. Consumer Resource Center Online

Job Vacancy: U.S. Librarian of Congress Posted on Aug 19

President Barack Obama will have the opportunity to appoint a new Librarian of Congress when James Billington retires as of Jan. 1, 2016. This will be the first new Librarian of Congress in nearly 30 years, and only the 14th since the establishment of the library   …Continue Reading Job Vacancy: U.S. Librarian of Congress

Teaching Legal Research Posted on Aug 18

The American Association of Law Libraries’ Task Force on Legal Skills and Knowledge for Practice has released three reports about how legal research is conducted in the practice of law, based on surveys of more than 600 attorneys and 150 law librarians from all over the   …Continue Reading Teaching Legal Research