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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 Advisory Committee on Impoundment Law and Procedure has created a handbook to accompany and explain substantial changes to the law,  available on the same page as the Uniform Rules:

“In addition to the proposed amendments, the committee has prepared a handbook containing detailed notes, proposed uniform best practices, sample forms, and a list of authorities governing impoundment.  The committee’s notes provide explanatory information and citations to the governing case law that the committee hopes will assist the Trial Court justices and staff, as well as the public and members of the bar.”

For an overview of the changes, the Summer 2015 Boston Bar Journal (vol. 59 #3)  has an article written by Chief Justice Paula M. Carey and Joseph Stanton.  A red-lined version of the changes is also available, as is a List of Authorities Designating Material as Impounded, Confidential, or Not Available for Public Inspection (June 2014). The list is not exhaustive. A Guide to the Appellate Courts Impoundment Procedures is also available.

You can take the Uniform Rules of Impoundment Procedure with you as an eBook!

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