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Archived Daily Court Updates November 30 - December 4, 2020

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

Monday, November 30, 2020

No new updates today.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Appeals Court Issues Administrative Order 20-6

  • The Appeals Court has issued Administration Order 20-6, on Appeals Court special procedures applicable to motions to stay a judgment or order in a summary process case (issued December 1, 2020).

Juvenile Court Amended Standing Order 11-20

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

New Summary Process Appeals Resources

In consideration of the end of the state moratorium on eviction cases, the Appeals Court has updated its website to include additional resources for lawyers and self-represented parties regarding appeals in summary process cases. These new website pages are available here.  

In addition, the Clerk's Office has coordinated with the Suffolk University Law School Legal Innovation and Technology Lab to develop an online process to guide users when filing a motion to stay a judgment for possession in summary process cases pursuant to Mass. R. A. P. 6 and Appeals Court Rule 6.0. Via the Court Forms Online MassAccess website, the user may respond to interview-style questions approved by the Appeals Court, and, based on the user's answers, the website creates a PDF file containing a properly formatted Rule 6.0 motion to stay. An indigent, self-represented defendant user may directly email the motion and a completed affidavit of indigency to the Appeals Court Clerk's Office through the website; all other users may download the completed PDF file for e-filing at eFileMa.com, consistent with Appeals Court Rule 13.0. The Rule 6.0 motion to stay template is available here.

To facilitate the use of the Suffolk University Law School Legal Innovation and Technology Lab's website, the Appeals Court has promulgated Administrative Order 20-5.

Finally, the Appeals Court has promulgated Administrative Order 20-6, which creates specific procedures for filing a motion to stay a summary process judgment when levy on the execution on that judgment is imminent. 

Thursday, December 3, 2020

No new updates today.

Friday, December 4, 2020

Message from the Trial Court on Court Operations Through January 8, 2021 

In light of the major increase in COVID-19 infections in Massachusetts and experience with court staff testing and courthouse closures, the Trial Court will extend the reduction of in-person court operations begun on November 27 through January 8, 2021. Courthouses will remain open during this time, and Trial Court staff will be maximizing remote work and leveraging the technologies in place to conduct operations remotely. 

The reduction of in person hearings has the potential to significantly limit presymptomatic individuals from entering courthouses, and reduces the potential of those individuals infecting others.   

Trial Court leaders have concluded that this plan is the best approach to balancing the need to provide access to courts and protecting the health and safety of court staff and court users. 

To the extent possible, matters already scheduled during this time will be held as virtual proceedings. Parties, attorneys and court users with questions about matters scheduled during this time should contact the appropriate clerk’s, register’s, or recorder’s office.

Boston Municipal Court Issues Standing Order 13-20

  • Boston Municipal Court has issued Standing Order 13-20: Reducing in-person court proceedings and court staffing due to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic (rescinds Standing Order 10-20, effective December 7, 2020).