The Trial Court Committee on Public Access to Court Records invites comments on proposed Trial Court Rule XIV, Uniform Rules on Public Access to Court Records pdf format of Proposed Rules on Public Access to Court Records
.  Proposed Trial Court Rule XIV consists of six rules as follows:

  • Proposed Rule 1, Scope and Definitions
  • Proposed Rule 2, Access to Court Records in a Courthouse
  • Proposed Rule 3, Requests for Compiled Data
  • Proposed Rule 4, Requests for Bulk Data
  • Proposed Rule 5, Remote Access to Electronic Court Records
  • Proposed Rule 6, Correction of Clerical Error in Electronic Docket Entry

These rules will govern the public’s access to Trial Court records maintained by a clerk in connection with a case. Each rule is accompanied by the Committee’s explanatory notes for additional guidance.

A copy of the proposed Trial Court Rule XIV appears at the link below.  Comments should be sent by email to rules.comments@jud.state.ma.us or regular mail, directed to Hon. Peter M. Lauriat, Chair, Public Access to Court Records Committee, Superior Court Administrative Office, 13th Floor, Three Pemberton Square, Boston, MA 02108, by May 4, 2016 (Please Note: this date reflects an extension)

(Added on 1/22/2016)
In response to requests for extensions of time, the committee has extended the comment period for all comments to May 4, 2016.  All comments received will be made available for the public on the committee's web page.

(Added on 3/31/2016)
“In response to inquiries requesting a comparison between the current means of access to a court record and how such access would change under the proposed rules, the committee has prepared the attached overview.  Additional independent review of the proposed rules and their accompanying notes will be informative.

Comparison of Current Access With Access Under Proposed Rules  pdf format of Current Access versus Access Under Proposed Rules


Proposed Trial Court Rule XIV, Uniform Rules on Public Access to Court Records pdf format of Proposed Rules on Public Access to Court Records