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Monthly Archives: April 2016

Uniform Interstate Family Support Act Amended Posted on Apr 8

The Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (Mass. General Laws chapter 209D) was replaced in its entirety by Chapter 53 of the Acts of 2016.  The most significant change was adding support orders issued by a reciprocating foreign country.  The new law took effect on March 31,   …Continue Reading Uniform Interstate Family Support Act Amended

Word(s) of the Month: sua sponte Posted on Apr 7

Word(s) of the Month: sua sponte

Words of Law is a regular feature of Massachusetts Law Updates, highlighting a particular word or phrase and its meaning in law. Today’s phrase is sua sponte. sua sponte (s[y]oo- Ə spon-tee). [Latin “of one’s own accord; voluntarily”] Without prompting or suggestion; on its own   …Continue Reading Word(s) of the Month: sua sponte

A Burning Question Posted on Apr 6

The Open Burning Season in Massachusetts starts January 15 and ends May 1. In many communities, residents may burn tree limbs, brush and other organic debris, remnants of storms and winter winds in order to clean up their yards. What can be burned, when, and   …Continue Reading A Burning Question

ABA Criminal Justice Standards Posted on Apr 5

American Bar Association Standards for Criminal Justice are available, with commentary, on the internet. The standards were first created, beginning in 1964, and implemented as part of the ABA’s Criminal Justice Standards Project . “When the final volume of the first edition of the Standards   …Continue Reading ABA Criminal Justice Standards