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Archived Daily Court Updates June 22 - 26, 2020

Archived daily updates from Massachusetts state courts in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission Launches COVID-19 Pro Bono Portal

  • The Access to Justice Commission's COVID-19 Task Force Pro Bono Committee has launched the COVID-19 Pro Bono Portal, a collaborative, statewide tool that connects attorneys and law students to pandemic-related pro bono opportunities that serve low-income residents of the Commonwealth. The launch of the COVID-19 Pro Bono Portal will make it easier for legal services organizations to match volunteer attorneys and law students, who can get started working right away, with pro bono clients. Click here to learn more.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Superior Court Appellate Division Order Regarding November 2020 Sitting

  • Order Regarding November 2020 Sitting of the Superior Court Appellate Division (June 19, 2020)

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Supreme Judicial Court Issues New Order On Court Operations and Reopening Courthouses
The Supreme Judicial Court today issued an updated order regarding the operation of Massachusetts state courts and courthouses during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Trial Court Issues Emergency Administrative Order Regarding Cell Phones in Courthouses

  • Trial Court Emergency Administrative Order 20-10: Order concerning Trial Court policy on possession & use of cameras & personal electronic devices (issued June 24, 2020, effective July 13, 2020)

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Trial Court Departments Issue Standing Orders

  • Boston Municipal Court Standing Order 8-20: Phased partial reopening of Boston Municipal Courthouses after limiting appearances due to COVID-19 pandemic (effective July 1, 2020)
  • Juvenile Court Standing Order 8-20: Further extension of court operations under the exigent circumstances created by COVID-19 (issued June 24, 2020, effective July 1, 2020)
  • Housing Court Standing Order 5-20: Further modifications to Housing Court operations due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak (amended June 24, 2020, effective July 1, 2020)
  • Land Court Standing Order 7-20: Updated emergency measures in response to coronavirus outbreak (issued June 24, 2020, effective July 1, 2020)
  • Probate and Family Court Standing Order 2-20: Court operations under the exigent circumstances created by COVID-19 (amended June 24, 2020, effective July 1, 2020)
  • Superior Court Standing Order 8-20: Third updated protocol governing Superior Court operations during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (issued June 25, 2020, effective July 1, 2020)

Friday, June 26, 2020

Trial Court Issues Emergency Administrative Order 20-11

District Court Issues Standing Order  

  • District Court Standing Order 7-20: Court Operations Under the Exigent Circumstances Created by COVID-19 (coronavirus) (effective July 13, 2020)
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