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.

Proposed Increase in Procedural Amount in Civil Cases in Boston Municipal and District Courts
Comments due by: May 10, 2019

Draft Order Governing Appeals from Convictions of Murder in the First Degree
Comments due by: May 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.

Notice of Typographical Corrections to Appeals Court Standing Orders Approved March 27, 2019
Posted: May 7, 2019

Amendments to Appeals Court Standing Orders and Repeal of the Appeals Court Standing Order Concerning Conferences in Civil Appeals
Effective: May 1, 2019

Amendments to Superior Court Rules 56, 57, and 58
Effective: May 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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