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News Notice inviting comment on proposed Trial Court Rule on Limited Assistance Representation

The deadline for submitting comments is January 25, 2018
1/02/2018
  • Executive Office of the Trial Court
  • Boston Municipal Court
  • District Court
  • Housing Court
  • Land Court
  • Probate and Family Court
  • Superior Court

Invitation to comment

Chief Justice of the Trial Court Paula M. Carey solicits comments on proposed Trial Court Rule on Limited Assistance Representation.

In 2017, the Trial Court formed the Limited Assistance Rules Committee and charged the group with drafting a Uniform Trial Court Rule on Limited Assistance Representation that is intended to provide consistency across all Trial Court departments to make it easier both for lawyers who wish to provide Limited Assistance Representation (LAR) and litigants who wish to secure LAR services.      

The proposed Uniform Rule takes into consideration the Supreme Judicial Court Limited Assistance Representation Order as well as the Orders that exist in the Trial Court Departments and does not differ in any significant substantive or procedural ways from any of the existing orders. Some of the changes include removing the current limitation on an LAR attorney entering limited appearance “for the sole purpose of making evidentiary objections” and the addition of language extending the availability of LAR to a “non-criminal action” rather than “a civil action.” 

A copy of the Proposed Rule is linked here.

Comment should be sent by email to rules.comments@jud.state.ma.us or to Maura Kelly, Esq., Executive Office of the Trial Court, John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square, Boston, MA 02108 by January 25, 2018.

Additional Resources

Executive Office of the Trial Court 

The Executive Office of the Trial Court facilitates communication and enables joint leadership of the Trial Court by the Chief Justice of the Trial Court and the Court Administrator.

Boston Municipal Court 

The Boston Municipal Court Department serves the City of Boston, and handles both criminal and civil matters.

District Court 

The District Court Department hears a wide range of criminal, civil, housing, juvenile, mental health, and other types of cases.

Housing Court 

The Housing Court Department oversees civil and criminal actions that involve the health, safety, or welfare of homeowners or those who live in residential housing.

Land Court 

The Land Court Department oversees the registration of title to real property, and foreclosure and redemption of real estate tax liens.

Probate and Family Court 

The Probate and Family Court Department handles matters involving families and children, like divorce, child support, and wills.

Superior Court 

The Superior Court Department is a statewide court that handles both criminal and civil actions.

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