Juvenile Court Rules
Rules for determinations & hearings pursuant to Commonwealth v. Wallace W.

Juvenile Court Rules  Rule 1. Scope of rules

Adopted Date: 07/13/2022
Effective Date: 10/01/2022
Updates: Adopted July 13, 2022, effective October 1, 2022

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Rule 1. Scope of Rules

These rules apply to all applications for complaint and delinquency matters filed in the Juvenile Court alleging a child to be a delinquent child pursuant to G.L. c. 119, § 52.


In Commonwealth v. Nick N., 486 Mass. 696, 711 (2021), the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) advised that the Juvenile Court should promulgate appropriate rules addressing notice and discovery procedures to provide clarity and consistency going forward regarding hearings held pursuant to Commonwealth v. Wallace W., 482 Mass. 789 (2019).


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