Self-represented parties are held to the same standard, and bound by the same rules, as are attorneys when proceeding in the Appeals Court. Commonwealth v. Jackson, 419 Mass. 716, 719 (1995). However, the court does recognize that it takes an enormous amount of effort and resources to work through the appeals process. Here are some resources to get you started.
Use the Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries to find books and online materials that will guide you through the legal process.
Check out MassLegalHelp for practical, easy to understand information about your legal rights in Massachusetts.
Look at MassLegalServices to find extensive legal advocate materials about laws affecting low income residents in Massachusetts.
Depending upon your income and legal problem, you may be able to get free legal services. Check out the Legal Resource Finder provided by Mass Legal Help or try calling a local lawyer referral service:
Massachusetts Bar Association: 866-627-7577
Boston Bar Association: 617-742-0625
National Lawyers Guild: 617-227-7008
In general, it is your responsibility to find the resources necessary to make your case to the Appeals Court. The links presented on this page are just supposed to get you started.
The staff and Assistant Clerks at the Appeals Court Clerk’s Office are available to answer some of your procedural questions, but they do not provide legal advice. You are responsible for doing your own legal research and for finding answers to your legal questions.