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Monthly Archives: November 2015

Supreme Judicial Court Hosts Magna Carta Exhibit at John Adams Courthouse Posted on Nov 30

In recognition of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court is hosting ‘Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy 1215 – 2015’ in the Great Hall of the John Adams Courthouse from November through January. The traveling exhibit was developed by the American   …Continue Reading Supreme Judicial Court Hosts Magna Carta Exhibit at John Adams Courthouse

Black Friday Shopping Tips: Gift Cards and More Posted on Nov 27

If you are one of the thousands of people who plan to do some shopping today, the Attorney General’s Office has a terrific Guide to Retail Rights in Massachusetts that you should browse before you go. The guide includes information on gift cards, warranties, returns, consumer privacy. law   …Continue Reading Black Friday Shopping Tips: Gift Cards and More

Happy Thanksgiving Posted on Nov 26

Happy Thanksgiving

From all of us in the Trial Court Law Libraries, Happy Thanksgiving! It is a privilege for us to serve you, and we are thankful for the opportunity. Best wishes for you and yours.

Shopping on Thanksgiving? Posted on Nov 25

Probably not in Massachusetts. According to the Attorney General, “Most retail stores may not open on Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day, and Massachusetts law specifies the limited categories of establishments that may open on those holidays. These include, for example, convenience stores, gas stations, and   …Continue Reading Shopping on Thanksgiving?

Stolen Valor Act Becomes Law in Massachusetts Posted on Nov 24

Governor Baker signed the Stolen Valor Act (H.B. 1641; chapter 128 of the Acts of 2015) on November 23, 2015.  This new Massachusetts statute makes it a crime for a person to falsely claim that they are in the military or a veteran.   The misdemeanor is punishable   …Continue Reading Stolen Valor Act Becomes Law in Massachusetts

The Mayflower Compact Posted on Nov 24

The Mayflower Compact

Many of the passengers aboard the Mayflower were members of the Puritan sect who left England to avoid religious persecution.  These Separatists (later referred to as Pilgrims)  had obtained permission from the King of England to settle on land further south in America.   When they decided to remain where   …Continue Reading The Mayflower Compact

Public Hearing on New Regulations Issued in Response to Opioid Crisis Posted on Nov 23

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has released emergency amended regulations in response to the opioid crisis.  (105 Code of Mass. Regulations 164)  “These amendments were adopted to ensure that individuals who are involuntarily committed for substance use disorder treatment under G.L. c. 123 sec.   …Continue Reading Public Hearing on New Regulations Issued in Response to Opioid Crisis

Turkey Hunting in Massachusetts Posted on Nov 23

The Thanksgiving holiday means roast turkey for many people, but for those who want wild turkey, it should already be in your freezer.  The autumn turkey hunting season for 2015 was October 19th to October 31st. The Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game has an excellent webpage   …Continue Reading Turkey Hunting in Massachusetts

Comments Requested on Parenting Coordination Standing Order Posted on Nov 20

The Probate and Family Court is seeking public comment and suggestions concerning the proposed Parenting Coordination Standing Order. In Bower v. Bournay-Bower, 469 Mass. 690, 707 (2014), the Supreme Judicial Court invited the Probate and Family Court “to review and consider the promulgation of a   …Continue Reading Comments Requested on Parenting Coordination Standing Order

Please Don’t Feed the Seals Posted on Nov 20

Please Don't Feed the Seals

  Even though Summer is just a memory, hardy beach goers may still have the opportunity to see ocean wildlife.  Just be certain to keep a safe distance from any animals you might encounter.   That cute little harbor seal on the beach is protected.    …Continue Reading Please Don’t Feed the Seals