Rule Changes and Invitations to Comment on Proposed Rules and Amendments

The court invites comments on new rules or proposed changes to existing rules and also announces rule changes.

Invitations to Comment

The court invites comments on the following new rules or proposed changes to existing rules. Invitations to comment that have expired are removed from the list.

Notice Inviting Comment on Proposed Amendments to Rule 11 of the Massachusetts Rules of Civil Procedure
Comments due by: February 29, 2024

Notice Inviting Comment on Proposed Amendments to Rule 30 of the Massachusetts Rules of Civil Procedure
Comments due by: December 29, 2023

Notice Inviting Comments on Proposed Amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct (Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:07)
Comments due by: Nov. 3, 2023

Notice Inviting Comments on Proposed Amendments to Rule 63 of the Mass. Rules of Civil Procedure, Disability of a Judge
Comments due by: October 6, 2023

Rule Changes

The following are recent notices of rule changes and the date when each rule change goes into effect. Rule changes are removed from this list after the effective date has passed. Please refer to the Court's online listing of Rules of Court and Standing Orders to view updated rules and dates when rules were amended.

Amendments to Rule 3:07 of the Rules of the Supreme Judicial Court
Effective: September 1, 2024

Amendments to Rules 5 and 6 of the Massachusetts Rules of Civil Procedure
Effective: Dec. 1, 2023 

Amendments to Rule 45 of the Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure
Effective: Oct. 1, 2023

Amendments to Rules 1, 6 and 13 of the Rules of the Commission on Judicial Conduct
Effective: Sept. 1, 2023

Amendments to Superior Court Rules 9A, 9B, 9C, 9D and new Rule 9F
Effective: Sept. 1, 2023

Amendment to Rule 77 of the Massachusetts Rules of Civil Procedure
Effective: Sept. 1, 2023

Amendment to Rule 35 of the Massachusetts Rules of Civil Procedure
Effective: Sept. 1, 2023

Amendment to Rule 23 of the Massachusetts Rules of Civil Procedure
Effective: Sept. 1, 2023

Amendments to Rule 18 of the Massachusetts Rules of Appellate Procedure
Effective: May 1, 2023

Juvenile Court Rules for First Offense Determinations and Hearings Held Pursuant to Commonwealth v. Wallace W., 482 Mass. 789 (2019)
Effective: October 1, 2022


A listing of Rules of Court and Standing Orders are available on the court's website. Please note that not all Massachusetts Rules of Court are available online. Efforts have been taken to ensure accuracy in all rules on the court's website, but if there are discrepancies between the electronic versions of the rules found on the website and the official print versions that appear in a volume such as Massachusetts Reports, the print version should be considered authoritative.

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