The Superior Court has made changes to Superior Court Standing Order 1-88 on Civil Time Standards and Standing Order 1-96 on the Processing and Hearing of Complaints for Judicial Review of Administrative Agency Proceedings, and has adopted new Standing Order 1-17 - Waiver of Detailed Written Findings of Fact Under Superior Court Rule 20(2)(h). Below is a summary of the changes, which become effective on January 1, 2017:

  1. Fourth Amended Standing Order 1-88 pdf format of Superior Court Standing Order 1-88
- Civil Time Standards. New sub-section – 2. Individual Track – has been added to section B – TRACK DESIGNATIONS, which sets forth procedures for requesting an individual track in a case. New section F - PILOT PROGRAM FOR CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCES – establishes a pilot program for case management conferences in certain qualifying cases. A new form, appearing as Appendix A, has been adopted for use in preparation for the case management conference.
  2. Standing Order 1-96 pdf format of Superior Court Standing Order 1-96
- Processing and Hearing of Complaints for Judicial Review of Administrative Agency Proceedings. New paragraph 2A governs how records of administrative proceedings filed by administrative agencies should be handled to comply with S.J.C. Rule 1:24 (protection of personal identifying information). 
  3. New Superior Court Standing Order 1-17 pdf format of Superior Court Standing Order 1-17
– Waiver of Detailed Written Findings of Fact Under Superior Court Rule 20(2)(h). The new standing order defines the phrase "waiver of detailed written findings of fact" in Superior Court Rule 20(2)(h), and sets forth the rule that applies when parties agree to waive detailed findings by the judge in a bench trial.