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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

‘Documents Only’ Subpoenas Allowed in Massachusetts Posted on Mar 23

Mass. R. Civ. P. 45 has been amended to allow lawyers to subpoena documents from a non-party without noticing a deposition of the record-keeper, effective April 1, 2015. As amended, Rule 45(a). A subpoena may command a person, in addition to giving testimony, “to produce designated   …Continue Reading ‘Documents Only’ Subpoenas Allowed in Massachusetts

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

New Rules for Plea Bargains Posted on Feb 9

Effective May 11, 2015, judges will be allowed to take part in pleas negotiations pursuant to the newly amended Massachusetts Rule of Criminal Procedure 12. Judges will be required to impose a sentence contained in a plea bargain in certain cases. If the parties have   …Continue Reading New Rules for Plea Bargains

“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