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Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008
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SJC invites comments on Rules of BBO, Criminal Procedure, Appellate Procedure and more

The Supreme Judicial Court invites comments on the following proposals:

Proposed Revisions to Massachusetts Rules of Civil Procedure 23

The Recommendation of the IOLTA Committee to Amend Mass. R. Civ. P. 23, which addresses the disposition of residual funds in class actions. The proposed amendment and reasons for its recommendation by the IOLTA Committee are contained in this letter from Lisa Wood, Chair of the Committee.

Comments should be submitted to Christine P. Burak, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square, Boston, MA 02108, or to christine.burak.

Comments due: Friday, Sept. 12


Proposed interim guidelines for the protection of personal identifying data in publicly accessible court documents

The proposed interim guidelines are intended to prevent the unnecessary inclusion of certain personal identifying data elements in publicly-accessible documents filed with or issued by the courts, in order to minimize the opportunity to use such documents for identity theft or other improper purposes.

The subcommittee welcomes all comments pertaining to the issues raised by this proposal and will make recommendations to the Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil and Appellate Procedure after reviewing the comments submitted. The Standing Advisory Committee has submitted this draft of the guidelines for publication for the sole purpose of soliciting comments.

Click here to download the proposed guidelines.

Comments should be submitted to the Subcommittee on Personal Identifying Data, c/o Peter Sacks, Assistant Attorney General, One Ashburton Place, 20th floor, Boston, MA 02108. Comments in electronic form are strongly encouraged, by red-lining the draft Interim Guidelines or otherwise, and should be sent to peter.sacks. An electronic version of the draft Interim Guidelines is available upon request.

Comments due: Friday, Sept. 19


Proposed revisions to Rule 31 of the Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure and Rule 6 of the Massachusetts Rules of Appellate Procedure

The amendments deal with the procedure surrounding a stay of execution of a sentence pending appeal. The Committee was not unanimous in its recommendations, and this notice also includes the minority's dissenting statements. The Committee welcomes all comments pertaining to the issues raised and will make recommendations to the SJC after reviewing the comments submitted.

Relevant documents:

Comments should be directed to the Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure, c/o Administrative Attorney Barbara Berenson, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square, Boston, MA 02108 or to barbara.berenson.

Comments due: Thursday, Oct. 30


Proposed amendment to Supreme Judicial Court Rule 4:01 and the Rules of the Board of Bar Overseers

The amended rules, in redlined as well as clean copy format, can be found at http://www.mass.gov/obcbbo/comment.htm. The BBO and Bar Counsel welcome all comments and will provide the comments to the SJC and make further recommendations after reviewing the submissions.

Comments should be directed to Michael Fredrickson, General Counsel, Board of Bar Overseers, 99 High St., Boston, MA 02110 or to m.frederickson.

Comments due: Saturday, Nov. 15

 

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