Important Changes

Important Changes Substantive change to Superior Court Rule 73(2)(d)

Date: 07/08/2020
Organization: Superior Court
Referenced Sources: Superior Court Rule 73: Medical malpractice cases

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Important change to Superior Court Rule 73(2)(d)

Effective August 1, 2020, Rule 73(2)(d) was amended to eliminate the requirement that litigants seek case-specific lists of non-physician professionals from pertinent licensing authorities for participation in medical malpractice tribunals. Under the amended rule, if a case involves one or more physicians in addition to one or more non-physicians, a physician tribunal member will suffice for all, unless the Chief Justice of the Superior Court has approved the provision of case-specific lists from an appropriate professional association. If a case involves only one or more non-physician provider(s), the clerk will seek a tribunal member from any available list, unless the Chief Justice of the Superior Court has approved the provision of case-specific lists from an appropriate professional association. Currently, the only non-physician professional association approved to provide case-specific lists for tribunal service is the Massachusetts Dental Society. The contact person is: Hilda Ioanilli, Membership Operations, Massachusetts Dental Society, Two Willow St. Southborough, MA 01745, 508.449.6023, massdental.org

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