Probate and Family Court Administrative Office will begin to implement
Supreme Judicial Court Rule 1:07 by utilizing a pilot program
in cooperation with three (3) divisions of the Probate and Family
Court; Bristol, Norfolk and Suffolk with one
category of Guardian ad Litem appointments in certain probate
May 8, 2000, applications will be available in the Registry of
Probate for those divisions for the following consolidated probate
category which will be known as Category D:
Probate of Wills – G.L.
c. 192, §§ 1B, 1C; Uniform Practice XXVI
Proceedings for arbitration or compromise by fiduciaries – G.L.
c. 204, §§ 13, 14, 18
Future Contingent Interests – G.L. c. 204, § 16
Accounts and settlements – G.L. c. 206, §§ 24, 30
Commissioner for insolvent estate – G.L. c. 198, § 2
Administrator – G.L. c. 192, § 1 et seq. Trustee – G.L. c. 203,
§§ 4, 5, 12
to apply to receive appointments in at least one of the pilot
divisions for this category ONLY must submit an Application
Probate and Family Court Dept.
24 New Chardon Street, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02114-9666
and Family Court Guardian ad Litem Committee identified
sixty (60) sources of authority for fee-generating appointments
within the Probate and Family Court. To date the Committee has
been able to aggregate this number to twenty-eight (28) consolidated
categories. For these twenty-eight (28) consolidated categories,
there are nineteen (19) lists which need to be established and
On April 3,
2000, the Probate and Family Court implemented the Rule statewide
with respect to the categories for which C.P.C.S. sets forth the
qualifications and maintains the lists of qualified candidates.
At that time, every judge in the Probate and Family Court began
making appointments from the C.P.C.S. maintained lists.
Office will now implement a pilot program using lists for one
consolidated category of guardian ad litem appointments
in certain probate matters. The experience gained from the pilot
program will enable the Administrative Office to accurately evaluate
the application process and identify the staffing and computer
resources that will be needed for full implementation of all categories
on a statewide basis. Once those needs have been identified and
met, the pilot category will be expanded statewide.
of the pilot program, the Administrative Office will then solicit
applications statewide until all categories are implemented.
APPLICATIONS FOR THE INITIAL
LIST IN THE PILOT DIVISIONS
MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN 5:00 P.M. ON JUNE 9, 2000