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Policy Statement Hampden County - Guidelines for Operation for Civil Session During COVID-19 Pandemic
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Protocol for Civil Sessions
- All civil proceedings currently scheduled to occur on or before May 1, 2020 shall be re-scheduled by the clerk to a date on or after June 1, 2020.
- Until further notice, there will be one emergency civil session for Hampden Superior Court. The emergency civil session will be staffed by a judge/session clerk team on a rotating basis. Any motion that a party presents as an emergency will be reviewed by the emergency judge, who will decide whether it needs to be heard and/or ruled on.
- Until further notice, hearings will only be granted in emergency and time-sensitive matters. If the emergency judge determines that a hearing should be conducted on an emergency or time-sensitive matter, it will be conducted by video and/or telephonic means, with the exception of petitions filed under G.L. c. 112, § 125 (“Mary Moe” petitions), which may be held in person.
- Civil filings must be e-filed to email@example.com or mailed. The clerk’s office will process the filings, including any submissions pursuant to Superior Court Rule 9A, subject to available staffing, and bring them to the attention of a judge as soon as practicable. With regard to emergency and time-sensitive filings, parties should call or email the clerk’s office to alert the clerk of the emergency nature of the filing.
- Parties may seek extensions of tracking order deadlines or other deadlines (beyond those ordered by the SJC) based on the COVID-19 emergency by written motion filed in accordance with Superior Court Rule 9A. To the extent that there are reasons other than the COVID-19 emergency for the need for an extension, these should be included in the motion.
- In the event of a court closure, in order to expedite consideration, all filings should be made electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Clerk has remote access to emailed filings and such filings will be processed for consideration by a judge as soon as practicable.