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A. Sanctions

If a party, or an attorney, or both, engages in conduct that either delays the progress of litigation, wastes judicial resources or causes an unnecessary increase in expenses on a party, or otherwise impedes the full and effective administration of justice, without sufficient justification as determined by the court, the court may order the party, or the attorney, or both to pay reasonable costs and expenses. The court shall provide notice and a hearing before final imposition of costs or expenses. The court shall articulate, in writing, the reasons for the imposed sanctions.

B. Contempt

Enforcement of compliance with court orders may be sought by means of civil contempt, which shall proceed in accordance with the provisions of Mass. R. Civ. P. 65.3 (b) - (h). Proceedings for summary contempt shall be held in accordance with the provisions of Mass. R. Crim. P. 43. Prosecutions for criminal contempt shall proceed in accordance with the provisions of Mass. R. Crim. P. 44.

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