Public Comment Sought
Proposed Amendments to the Uniform Rules on Impoundment Procedure
The Trial Court seeks comment on proposed amendments to the Uniform Rules on Impoundment Procedure, and its accompanying handbook.
Since the spring of 2013, a committee has been working to update the URIP. Rules 1 through 11 of the Rules on Impoundment Procedure were promulgated in 1986. In 1988, Rule 12 was added. There have been no changes to the rules since 1988. Once of the most significant proposed amendments to the rules is the applicability of the rules to criminal proceedings. This amendment in Rule 1 conforms the rules to existing practice and to instruction from the Supreme Judicial Court that requests for impoundment in criminal proceedings should follow the same procedures as requests in civil proceedings.
In addition to the proposed amendments, the committee has prepared a handbook containing detailed notes, proposed uniform best practices, sample forms, and a list of authorities governing impoundment. The committee's notes provide explanatory information and citations to the governing case law that the committee hopes will assist the Trial Court justices and staff, as well as the public and members of the bar.
Please share your comments with Joseph Stanton, Clerk of the Appeals Court, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Denise Fitzgerald, Manager of Legal Research Services for the Probate and Family Court, at email@example.com. The deadline for comments is March 17, 2014.
Paula M. Carey
Chief Justice of the Trial Court
Notice Seeking Public Comment on Proposed Amendments to Uniform Rules on Impoundment Procedure
Proposed Amended Uniform Rules on Impoundment Procedure
Proposed Impoundment Handbook