Supplemental Rules of the Probate and Family Court

Supplemental Rules of the Probate and Family Court Supplemental Probate and Family Court Rule 27A: Depositions and discovery

Effective Date: 01/02/2012
Updates: Adopted October 27, 1999, effective January 1, 2000 Amended December 14, 2011, effective January 2, 2012

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Rule 27A

In all cases not governed by the Mass.R.Dom.Rel.P., depositions and discovery shall be governed by Rules 26 through 37 of the Mass.R.Civ.P.

Reporter's notes

(2000) The adoption of rule 27A works a major change in probate discovery practice. Formerly, the discovery rules of the Massachusetts Rules of Civil Procedure were only applicable to probate accounts. Other contested probate proceedings required prior court approval for obtaining discovery which is clearly inconsistent with modern civil discovery rules. Now depositions and discovery in all probate matters shall be governed by the Massachusetts Rules of Civil Procedure.

(2012) Added clarification that the Mass.R.Civ.P. do not override the Mass.R.Dom.Rel.P.

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Updates: Adopted October 27, 1999, effective January 1, 2000 Amended December 14, 2011, effective January 2, 2012

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