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Rule 16

Unless restricted by the Superior Court or the Chief Justice of the District or Boston Municipal Courts, all bail magistrates are entitled to participate fairly in the out of court bailing activity in their jurisdiction, so long as they are willing and able to respond to all calls for their services with reasonable promptness.

In order to effectuate the purposes of this rule and to provide prompt out of court bailing services to all jails and holding facilities in a jurisdiction, the Justices of the Superior Court Committee on Bail may prepare and implement a plan for such coverage. All bail magistrates authorized in a jurisdiction affected by such a plan shall comply with it.

The bail magistrate shall not unduly delay the release of a defendant for the purpose of stacking or combining multiple defendants for release at a police holding facility or jail.

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