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Uniform Rules of Impoundment Procedure posted on Oct 1

Changes to the Uniform Rules of Impoundment Procedure  go into effect today. The extensive changes were approved by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on April 24, 2015. The Uniform Rules now apply to criminal proceedings. Rule 13, Maintaining Confidentiality of Impounded Material, is new. The Trial Court   …Continue Reading Uniform Rules of Impoundment Procedure

Bail Basics: What Bail Is, How It Works posted on May 12

Want to better understand how bail works in our criminal justice system in Massachusetts? The Massachusetts Court System’s Self-Help Center has created a new webpage explaining the procedure for bail, the terms related to bail, the determining factors in setting or refusing bail, and bail   …Continue Reading Bail Basics: What Bail Is, How It Works

Learning the Ropes: New Superior Court Juror Voir Dire in Massachusetts posted on Mar 13

Now that the Superior Courts of Massachusetts permit attorneys and self-represented parties to participate in juror voir dire, the Trial Court Law Libraries have information to help you learn effective procedures. Law: St.2014, Chapter 254, Section 2 Superior Court Rule: Superior Court Standing Order 1-15   …Continue Reading Learning the Ropes: New Superior Court Juror Voir Dire in Massachusetts

Statutes of Limitations-Is this case time-barred?

Statutes of Limitations-Is this case time-barred? posted on Jan 16

When bringing or defending a cause of action, one important question is Is this claim time-barred? The Trial Court Law Libraries have materials to help you with this question. Here are a few good places to start your research: Massachusetts Practice Series Civil Practice volume   …Continue Reading Statutes of Limitations-Is this case time-barred?

“First Major Overhaul of Rules of Professional Conduct in 17 years” – Mass. Lawyers Weekly posted on Nov 13

According to the November 10, 2014 edition of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, oral argument on proposed changes to the Rules of Professional Conduct will be heard by the Supreme Judicial Court on December 18th, 2014 at 10 AM, as there are significant differences with the current Massachusetts Rules   …Continue Reading “First Major Overhaul of Rules of Professional Conduct in 17 years” – Mass. Lawyers Weekly

Massachusetts Controlled Substances Act Civil Forfeiture posted on Aug 13

Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 94C, section 47 provides for civil forfeiture of property involved in the violation of the Controlled Substances Act, Mass. General Laws, Chapter 94C. Unlike many other civil actions, this action is in rem, that is “directed against property itself….or it seeks   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Controlled Substances Act Civil Forfeiture

Filling out the Superior Court Civil Action Cover Sheet posted on Jul 12

A Civil Action Cover Sheet must be filed in each civil case entered into Superior Court. Its purpose is to assist the Clerk’s office by providing basic contact information for the parties, as well as: (1) the category of case (e.g., contract/business cases, equitable remedies,   …Continue Reading Filling out the Superior Court Civil Action Cover Sheet

Election Reform Bill Signed into Law to Allow Early Voting and Online Voter Registration posted on Jun 13

Governor Patrick signed House Bill 3788, An Act Relative to Election Laws, Acts of 2014, Chapter 111 into law on May 22, 2014. Some of the features to be introduced over several years are: online registration of voters; preregistering at age 16 and 17 for voting upon   …Continue Reading Election Reform Bill Signed into Law to Allow Early Voting and Online Voter Registration

Pre -trial security for judgments posted on Apr 12

Concerned whether you’ll be able to recover on your judgment after your trial is over and judgment issues? Here are some pre-trial security steps to consider: Massachusetts Rule of Civil Procedure 4.1A ttachment (a)Availability of Attachment. Subsequent to the commencement of any action under these   …Continue Reading Pre -trial security for judgments

Appealing a Speeding Ticket?

Appealing a Speeding Ticket? posted on Mar 12

If you are appealing a speeding ticket (or other civil motor vehicle infraction), here are some links to help you “learn the ropes.” Law: Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 90, section 17 Speed limits. Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 90, section 3. Civil motor vehicle infractions procedure, including   …Continue Reading Appealing a Speeding Ticket?