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Uniform Rules for Permanency Hearings

Trial Court Rules Uniform Rules for Permanency Hearings Rule 6: Submission of report and response or objections

Effective Date: 03/01/2018
Updates: Approved January 10, 2018, effective March 1, 2018

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(a) Filing of the permanency report

For a child in the care or custody or under the responsibility of the Department or for a young adult, no less than thirty (30) days prior to the scheduled permanency hearing date the Department shall file the permanency report with the clerk's office and shall send copies to all parties or, if the parties are represented by counsel, to the counsel of record.

(b) Filing of the permanency report for an expedited permanency hearing

If the court has determined that reasonable efforts to reunify the family are not required pursuant to G.L. c.119, § 29C, the Department shall file the permanency report and send copies as provided above within ten (10) days of entry of the "no reasonable efforts required" order.

(c) Filing of response or objection to the permanency report

Any party may file a response or objection to the permanency report no less than ten (10) days prior to the scheduled permanency hearing date.

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