Supreme Judicial Court Rules

Supreme Judicial Court Rules Supreme Judicial Court Rule 2:21: Appeal from single justice denial of relief on interlocutory ruling

Effective Date: 01/01/1981
Updates: Adopted effective November 15, 1995 Amended May 2, 2001, effective June 1, 2001

(Applicable to civil and criminal cases)


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Rule 2:21

(1) When a single justice denies relief from a challenged interlocutory ruling in the trial court and does not report the denial of relief to the full court, the party denied relief may appeal the single justice's ruling to the full court. Unless the court otherwise orders, the notice of appeal shall be filed with the Clerk of the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County within seven days of the entry of the judgment appealed from. Unless the single justice or the full court orders otherwise, neither the trial nor the interlocutory ruling in the trial court shall be stayed.

(2) The appeal shall be presented to the full court on the papers filed in the single justice session, including any memorandum of decision. Nine copies of the record appendix must be filed in the Office of the Clerk for the Supreme Judicial Court for the Commonwealth within fourteen days after the date on which the appeal is docketed in the full Supreme Judicial Court. The record appendix shall be accompanied by eight copies of a memorandum of not more than ten pages, double-spaced, in which the appellant must set forth the reasons why review of the trial court decision cannot adequately be obtained on appeal from any final adverse judgment in the trial court or by other available means. No response from the prevailing party shall be filed, unless requested by the court.

(3) This rule shall not apply to interlocutory appeals governed by Rule 15 of the Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure.

(4) The full court will consider the appeal on the papers submitted pursuant to this rule, unless it otherwise orders.



Updates: Adopted effective November 15, 1995 Amended May 2, 2001, effective June 1, 2001


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