Important Information for Out-of-State Counsel
Importantly, the trial court's allowance of a pro hac vice motion does not qualify the out-of-state counsel to file papers with the Appeals Court. A motion to have out-of-state counsel admitted pro hac vice must be filed in the Massachusetts Appeals Court after, or simultaneous to, the entry of the appeal and before out-of-state counsel seeks to file any papers. This motion must be filed by local Massachusetts counsel and be accompanied by an affidavit from both local counsel and out-of state counsel setting forth facts sufficient to satisfy the statutory and case law guidelines for the exercise of judicial discretion in ruling on these motions. See G. L. c. 221, §46A ; DiLuzio v. United Elec., Radio and Mach. Workers of America, Local 274, 391 Mass. 211 (1984).
Finally, as detailed below, the motion must be supported by evidence that the registration fee required by SJC Rule 3:15 has been paid, or that counsel is exempt from paying the fee because counsel will provide pro bono publico legal assistance to an indigent client.
Pro Hac Vice Registration Fee
Within seven days of receipt of payment of the registration fee, the Board will send an acknowledgment to the attorney seeking admission.Where counsel has paid the appropriate registration fee in the trial court ($301 per case in the Superior Court or Land Court, and $101 per case in any other court, including the Appellate Division of the District Court and the Boston Municipal Court), and the case is appealed, no additional fee need be paid.
The motion for pro hac vice admission in the Appeals Court must aver that the registration fee required by Rule 3:15 has been paid or include, as an attachment, a copy of the Board acknowledgment. An attorney who is exempt from paying a registration fee because the attorney will provide pro bono publico legal assistance to an indigent client must aver that the attorney will provide such assistance.
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