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Legal Research in the 21st Century: Finding Case Law  

11/20/2023 Trial Court Law Libraries

Legal citation indexes have been used since the 19th century, but computers have now made possible new ways of finding and using case law. The Mass. Trial Court Law Libraries make the tools for conducting legal research available to the public for free.

Legal Research in the 21st Century

Finding Your Property Records  

10/31/2023 Trial Court Law Libraries

Any property owner in Massachusetts has online access to the deed to their property and the property record card used to generate their tax bill by their local assessors. This blog post guides the reader through the process of finding these records.

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Uniform Laws in Massachusetts  

8/03/2023 Trial Court Law Libraries

Uniform or model laws are drafted to establish consistency and fairness across multiple jurisdictions. Learn more about the process by which uniform laws are drafted and enacted in Massachusetts and see a list of those that have been adopted in the state.

Legal research database: Lexis Digital Library  

5/31/2023 Trial Court Law Libraries

Lexis Digital Library, available through the Trial Court Law Libraries, now offers newly-expanded and easier access to its content.

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Celebrating Library Week 2023: April 23-29  

4/26/2023 Trial Court Law Libraries

The Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries are celebrating Library Week, which runs from April 23rd - 29th. Learn more about libraries' recent developments in public services, staff, technology, and more!

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Cinema of Law: 2023 Film Series  

3/06/2023 Trial Court Law Libraries

Viewings will be held every Tuesday during the month of March at the Berkshire Athenaeum Auditorium.

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Portraits in Massachusetts Law: Lucy Stone  

11/13/2019 Trial Court Law Libraries

Portraits in Massachusetts Law is a regular feature of Massachusetts Law Updates.

Portraits in Massachusetts Law

Do Ecosystems Have Standing?  

10/21/2019 Trial Court Law Libraries

Do ecosystems themselves have the ability to sue? Learn more about the law regarding ecosystems, how they are recognized by the courts, and their legal personhood status in other countries.

Do Animals Have Standing to Sue? Part 2: Animals filing as individuals  

10/20/2019 Trial Court Law Libraries

Can animals sue in the court of law? Read more about a dolphin named Kama, who was named as a plaintiff in the court case Citizens to End Animal Suffering & Exploitation, Kama, et al. v. New England Aquarium.

Do Animals Have Standing to Sue? Part 1: Animals filing as species  

10/19/2019 Trial Court Law Libraries

Can an animal species sue on its own behalf for its welfare and survival? Read more about the 1988 case Palila v. Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources and subsequent court commentary on the topic.