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Thursday, Apr. 12, 2012
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SJC invites comments on proposed amendments to Rules 12 and 29 of the Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure; SJC invites comments on proposed interim electronic filing guidelines and protocols for electronic filing pilot projects in the Trial and Appellate courts

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SJC invites comments on proposed amendments to Rules 12 and 29 of the Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure


The Supreme Judicial Court's Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure invites comments on proposed amendments to Rules 12 and 29 of the Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure. In Commonwealth v. Rodriguez, 461 Mass. 256 (2012) and Commonwealth v. Dean-Ganek, 461 Mass. 305 (2012), the court held that Mass. R. Crim. P. 12 does not provide for plea agreements that would bind a trial court judge once accepted, but asked the Standing Advisory Committee to consider whether amendments to Rule 12 are necessary or appropriate and, if so, whether Rule 29 should be amended to conform with any such amendments.

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The committee welcomes all comments pertaining to the issues raised by this proposal and will make recommendations to the SJC after reviewing the comments submitted.  Comments should be directed to Attorney Barbara Berenson at [e-mail barbara.berenson] or at the Supreme Judicial Court,  John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square , Boston MA 02108, on or before June 15.

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SJC invites comments on proposed interim electronic filing guidelines and protocols for electronic filing pilot projects in the Trial and Appellate courts

The Supreme Judicial Court Rules Committee invites comments on  proposed Electronic Filing Guidelines and Protocols. The protocols are intended to provide guidance during the implementation of several electronic filing pilot projects that are planned for both the Trial and Appellate Courts. Pilot projects using electronic filing are expected to begin in the Appeals, BMC, District, Probate and Supreme Judicial Court during the upcoming months.  The pilot projects will take place in one court division each in the District, Boston Municipal and Probate and Family Courts and in the offices of the Clerk of the Supreme Judicial Court for the Commonwealth, the Clerk for Suffolk County and the Appeals Court, for one particular case type. The pilot projects will be available on a voluntary basis  During the period of the pilots projects, the protocols will serve as an interim source of rules and procedures.

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