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Mass. Guide to Evidence eBook now available Posted on Mar 7

Mass. Guide to Evidence eBook now available

The new 2017 edition of the Massachusetts Guide to Evidence is available now for your mobile device.  It is available for iOS, android, and Kindle devices, and is also available as a pdf with links to cases and statutes. The 2017 Edition is here. In   …Continue Reading Mass. Guide to Evidence eBook now available

Uniform Rules on Public Access to Court Records Posted on Aug 11

The SJC has approved new Uniform Rules on Public Access to Court Records, and a new Rule 1:24 on Protection of Personal Identifying Information, both effective November 1, 2016. Below is the Statement of the Justices: The Supreme Judicial Court has approved Trial Court Rule   …Continue Reading Uniform Rules on Public Access to Court Records

New Appeals Court Order: Fewer Copies Required Posted on Aug 1

Effective August 1, the Appeals Court has issued an Order Governing Number of Copies of Brief and Record Appendix to be Filed. It says, in part: “Notwithstanding the requirement in Mass. R. App. P. 19(b)(1) that 7 copies be filed, hereafter only 4 copies of   …Continue Reading New Appeals Court Order: Fewer Copies Required

Uniform Bar Exam in Massachusetts Posted on Jul 26

The Supreme Judicial Court issued the following Notice on Monday: The Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court have endorsed the recommendation of the Committee to Examine the Uniform Bar Examination (Committee) to adopt the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE), with an effective date of July 2018. The   …Continue Reading Uniform Bar Exam in Massachusetts

Civil Procedure Rules 1 and 34 Amended Posted on Jul 6

Effective August 1, 2016, Mass. Rules of Civil Procedure 1 and 34 have been amended. “The amendment to Rule 1, adopted from the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, changed the second sentence of the first paragraph so that it reads: “They [the Massachusetts Rules of   …Continue Reading Civil Procedure Rules 1 and 34 Amended

Supplement to the 2016 Massachusetts Guide to Evidence Posted on Jul 1

The Supreme Judicial Court’s Advisory Committee on Massachusetts Evidence Law has issued an online supplement to the annual Massachusetts Guide to Evidence. The online supplement includes short summaries of important opinions of the Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court relating to the development and evolution   …Continue Reading Supplement to the 2016 Massachusetts Guide to Evidence

Comments Invited on Proposed Changes to Criminal Rule 15 Posted on Jun 30

The SJC Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure invites comments on a proposed amendment to Mass. R. Crim. P. 15(a)(3). The Standing Advisory Committee previously proposed deleting Rule 15(a)(3) as that provision no longer reflects the law. The Standing Advisory Committee now   …Continue Reading Comments Invited on Proposed Changes to Criminal Rule 15

Appeals from Decisions of State Agencies Posted on Jun 6

An appeal from an administrative agency decision, also referred to as a “30A appeal,” or a request for “judicial review of an administrative agency decision,” is what you file in the Superior Court when you want a judge to review a final decision made by   …Continue Reading Appeals from Decisions of State Agencies

Civil Procedure Rule 26(c) Amended Posted on Jun 2

Effective July 1, 2016, the following paragraph is added to Mass. R. Civ. Pro. 26(c): Factors bearing on the decision whether discovery imposes an undue burden or expense may include the following: (1) whether it is possible to obtain the information from some other source   …Continue Reading Civil Procedure Rule 26(c) Amended

Comments Sought on Child Support Guidelines Posted on Jun 1

The 2016 – 2017  Massachusetts Trial Court Child Support Guidelines Task Force is seeking public comment and suggestions concerning the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines. Written comments may be submitted to the Task Force at this email address: childsupport@jud.state.ma.us or by U.S. Postal Service to: Child   …Continue Reading Comments Sought on Child Support Guidelines