Rule Changes and Invitations to Comment on Proposed Rules and Amendments

The court invites comments on new rules or proposed changes to existing rules and also announces rule changes.

Invitations to Comment

The court invites comments on the following new rules or proposed changes to existing rules. Invitations to comment that have expired are removed from the list.

Notice Inviting Comment on Proposed Changes to Supreme Judicial Court and Board of Bar Overseers Rules Concerning the Processing of Bar Discipline Matters
Comments due by: March 16, 2020

Notice Inviting Comment on Proposed Amendments to Mass. R. Civ. P. 51
Comments due by: Comment period extended to January 31, 2020

Notice Inviting Comment on Proposed Amendments to Mass Rules Criminal Procedure Rule 12(c)(3)(A)(iii)(b) and 12(d)(3)(A)(iii)(b)
Comments due by: December 10, 2019

Notice Inviting Comment on Proposed Amendments to Mass Rules Criminal Procedure Rule 19(a) and 19(b)
Comments Due by: November 12, 2019

Notice Inviting Comment on Proposal to Amend and Repeal Appeals Court Rules and Standing Orders and to Establish the Massachusetts Appeals Court Rules
Comments due by: October 31, 2019
 

Rule Changes

The following are recent notices of rule changes and the date when each rule change goes into effect. Rule changes are removed from this list after the effective date has passed. Please refer to the Court's online listing of Rules of Court and Standing Orders to view updated rules and dates when rules were amended.

Amendment to Mass. Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 55 (b)(4)
Effective: March 15, 2020

Supreme Judicial Court Order Regarding Amount-in-Controversy Requirement Under G.L. c. 218, s. 19 and G.L. c.212, s. 3
Effective: January 1, 2020

Amendments to District Court Standing Order 4-15
Effective: December 1, 2019

Amendments to Rule 30 of the Supplemental Rules of the Probate & Family Court
Effective: November 1, 2019

Amendments to Mass. Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 65.1
Effective: November 1, 2019

 

A listing of Rules of Court and Standing Orders are available on the court's website. Please note that not all Massachusetts Rules of Court are available online. Efforts have been taken to ensure accuracy in all rules on the court's website, but if there are discrepancies between the electronic versions of the rules found on the website and the official print versions that appear in a volume such as Massachusetts Reports, the print version should be considered authoritative.

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