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Amendments to Rules 16, 26, 34, 37 and 45 of the Massachusetts Rules of Civil Procedure
Amendment to Superior Court Rule 9A
Notice Inviting Comment
Report and Recommendations of the Supreme Judicial Court Study Group on Eyewitness Evidence
Proposed Amendment to Rule 23(e) of the Massachusetts Rules of Civil Procedure
Proposed Amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct
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- Juvenile, Probate and Family Courts Celebrate National Day
- Honorable Roberto Ronquillo, Jr., Appointed Chief Justice of the Boston Municipal Court Department by Chief Justice of the Trial Court Paula M. Carey
- Honorable Judith Cutler Appointed Chief Justice of the Land Court by Chief Justice of the Trial Court Paula M. Carey
- Worcester Trial Court Complex to be Site of Recidivism Reduction Project
- Notice from Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey Regarding Appointments of Chief Justices
- Supreme Judicial Court Justices Appoint Clerk for the Commonwealth
Supreme Judicial Court Mission Statement
To promote the rule of law and foster public trust by leading an independent judiciary that assures every person equal access to the fair, timely and impartial resolution of disputes in courts managed with efficiency and professionalism.
Chief Justices Ireland, Carey Address Legal Community
Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey and
Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland
On October 16, Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland addressed legislators, court employees and members of the legal community on the state of the Judiciary at the Massachusetts Bar Association's annual Bench-Bar Symposium in the Great Hall of the John Adams Courthouse. Chief Justice Ireland said that the state of the courts is strong.
"I am optimistic about the direction and state of the courts," he said. "We still have challenges, to be sure, but we have structure, a leadership team and a strategic plan that will allow us to meet those challenges and continually improve the delivery of justice to the people of the Commonwealth."
Chief Justice Ireland further noted that additional funding has allowed for increased efficiency, innovation and progress, and that despite challenges, the system is on solid ground, continually improving under exciting new leadership.
In her address, Chief Justice Paula M. Carey focused on her vision for the Trial Court now and in the next ten years, with an emphasis on the goals outlined in the Court's Strategic Plan--One Mission: Justice with Dignity and Speed--co-administered with Court Administrator Harry Spence.
Chief Justice Carey said that together with Court Administrator Spence, the departmental Chief Justices, and representatives of the clerks associations, they "are collaborating and working to develop policies and programs to support and maintain a vibrant, innovative system of justice that inspires public trust and confidence."
MBA President Douglas K. Sheff gave opening and closing remarks and introduced the Chief Justices to the podium.
Massachusetts Bar Association President Douglas K. Sheff
Standing Advisory Committee Seeks Comment on Proposed Changes to Rules of Professional Conduct
The Supreme Judicial Court's Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct invites public comments on proposed revisions to the Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct. The Committee undertook a comprehensive review of the Massachusetts rules to consider revisions to the American Bar Association's Model Rules of Professional Conduct. The ABA's Model Rules revisions reflect recommendations made by the ABA's Ethics 2000 Commission and the ABA's Commission on Ethics 20/20.
Click here to access the report and supporting materials.
News Media Registration Under SJC Rule 1:19
As of September 17, 2012, news organizations and news media individuals who are not employed by a news organization must register with the Supreme Judicial Court's Public Information Office for initial permission to bring electronic devices into the courtroom under SJC Rule 1:19. Click here to access instructions, the registration form and other informational materials relative to the rule.