Massachusetts Law Updates

Official Blog of the Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries

Yearly Archives: 2018

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – 30 Articles Posted on Dec 31

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights - 30 Articles

From January 1, 2019 through January 30, 2019, Massachusetts Law Updates will present a daily series of blog posts showcasing the 30 Articles in the Declaration of Rights in the Massachusetts Constitution. Each post will follow the same format. The post will begin with an   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – 30 Articles

Legal research: print or online? Posted on Sep 27

When doing legal research, is it easier to use online sources or books?  Which produces better results?  Can you even do it all online, if you want to? As part of the answer to this, the Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries have a web page   …Continue Reading Legal research: print or online?

New Regulations for Community Health Workers in Massachusetts Posted on Sep 19

Regulations for community health care workers in Massachusetts were recently released in Massachusetts Register #1368 and codified in the Code of Massachusetts Regulations at 272 CMR 1-9.   The regulations ” govern the certification and practice of Certified Community Health Workers in Massachusetts by establishing the scope of practice and standards   …Continue Reading New Regulations for Community Health Workers in Massachusetts

Celebrating Constitution Day Posted on Sep 17

Celebrating Constitution Day

The Centinel – February 9, 1788 Announcing the ratification of the U.S. Constitution in Massachusetts September 17 is designated as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787, and to  “recognize all who, by   …Continue Reading Celebrating Constitution Day

How a judge is selected in Massachusetts Posted on Aug 21

In the United States, some states elect their judges, while in others they are appointed. Judges in Massachusetts are appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the Executive Council, also known as the Governor’s Council.  This has been so ever since 1780,   …Continue Reading How a judge is selected in Massachusetts

Word(s) of the month – judge Posted on Aug 20

Word(s) of the month - judge

Words of law is a regular feature of Massachusetts Law Updates, highlighting a particular word or phrase and its meaning in law. Today’s word is judge. judge, n. (14c) A public official appointed or elected to hear and decide legal matters in court; a judicial officer who   …Continue Reading Word(s) of the month – judge

Chocolate Chip Cookie: the official state cookie of Massachusetts Posted on Aug 9

Chocolate Chip Cookie: the official state cookie of Massachusetts

Massachusetts has a glorious heritage, with important historical figures such as John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Paul Revere.  Shots fired at Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts in 1775 initiated the American Revolution.  Great literary figures such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emily Dickinson, Henry David Thoreau,   …Continue Reading Chocolate Chip Cookie: the official state cookie of Massachusetts

How well do you know the boating laws? Posted on Jul 25

How well do you know the boating laws?

During the warm summer months, boating is a favorite activity for many people.   There are several laws and rules that must be observed when watercraft are in use.  The Trial Court law libraries have produced a new law about page on recreational boating where you   …Continue Reading How well do you know the boating laws?

Word(s) of the month– habeas corpus Posted on Jul 17

Word(s) of the month-- habeas corpus

  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 habeas corpus. habeas corpus. [Law Latin “that you have a body”] (18c) A writ employed to bring a person before a   …Continue Reading Word(s) of the month– habeas corpus

Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants Posted on Jun 29

The original Massachusetts Office of Refugee Resettlement was created in the early 1980s for the purpose of implementing the requirements of the [U.S.} Refugee Act of 1980 (P.L. 96-212). During his term of office, Governor Dukakis issued three Executive Orders to comply with the federal   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants