Notice Inviting Comment
Proposed Amendment to Rule 4 of the Massachusetts Rules of Appellate Procedure
The Supreme Judicial Court's
Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure
Invites Comments on Proposed Amendments to
Rule 4 of the
Rules of Appellate Procedure Massachusetts
The Supreme Judicial Court 's Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure (SAC) invites comments on a proposed amendment to Mass. R. A. P. 4(a) dealing with post judgment motions. The proposed amendment addresses the motions that toll the time period for appeals. The amended section states that motions to alter or amend judgment under Rule 59 or motions for relief from judgment, however titled, would stay the time for taking an appeal as long as the motions are served within ten days after entry of judgment. The amendment makes clear that the substance and not the title of the motion should control. As stated in the Reporter's Notes, "a post-judgment motion seeking to correct an error of law, whether titled as a motion to alter, amend, or vacate, for relief from judgment, or for reconsideration, if served within ten days, will extend the running of the time period to file a notice of appeal."
The proposed amendment and Reporter's Notes appear below.
The Committee solicits and welcomes comments from the bar prior to presenting its recommendation to the Rules Committee of the Supreme Judicial Court . Comments should be directed to Christine Burak, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square, Boston 02108 or to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before April 27, 2012.