Notice Inviting Comment
Proposed Amendment to Rule 4:02 of the Rules of the Supreme Judicial Court
Proposed Amendment to
Rule 4:02 of the Rules of the Supreme Judicial Court
The Supreme Judicial Court's Rules Committee invites comments on proposed amendments to S.J.C. Rule 4:02(1) and (10). The proposed amendments would require attorneys to furnish their email address on their annual registration statements filed with the Board of Bar Overseers. Email addresses would be given the same confidentiality safeguards that apply to residential addresses.
The amendments were proposed by the Board of Bar Overseers as a measure to increase efficiency and realize savings. They would allow the Board to issue electronic notices to all members of bar who have email accounts. If the amendments are adopted, the registration statement will be revised to include a statement that those attorneys without an email address can state "none" in answer to the question, and they will receive notices by regular mail.
The proposed amendments appears in bold below. Comments should be directed to Christine P. Burak, Secretary, Supreme Judicial Court Rules Committee, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square, Boston, MA 02108 on or before May 3, 2013. Comments may also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
S.J.C. Rule 4:02 New language in bold
(1) Registration Statement Required. Every attorney admitted to, or engaging in the practice of law in this Commonwealth, within three months of becoming subject to this chapter and annually thereafter, shall file with the Board a registration statement setting forth his or her current residence address, office addresses and email address, and such other information as this court may from time to time direct, including the date of his or her admission to the bar of this court and of each admission to practice in each other jurisdiction, including each Federal court and each administrative body ...."
(10) Residential and Email Addresses Confidential. Residential addresses disclosed on registration statements, except those designated as the registrant's place of business, and email addresses shall be treated as confidential and shall be used by the Board and by Bar Counsel only for the purpose of communicating with registrants or otherwise in the course of the business of the Board or Bar Counsel. Other than in the course of such business, neither the Board nor Bar Counsel shall disclose any such residential address or email address to any third party unless directed to do so by order of this Court for Suffolk County.