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Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012
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Notice for appointment of new magistrate judge; Public comment period opens for Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure amendments

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Notice for appointment of new magistrate judge

The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of a full-time U.S. magistrate judge for the District of Massachusetts, serving in the central division, with a duty station bin the Donohue Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse in Worcester.

Application forms and more information on the magistrate judge position in this court may be obtained from the Clerk of Court, Sarah Allison Thornton, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1 Courthouse Way, Suite 2300, Boston, MA 02210. The application form also is available on the court's website. Submitted applications (original and 14 copies) shall be marked "CONFIDENTIAL," signed by the applicant personally and must be received before 5 p.m. on Sept. 28, 2012 to be considered.

Click here to learn more.

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Public comment period opens for Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure amendments

The public comment period has opened for several proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure, which govern litigation in the federal courts. The comment period closes Feb. 15, 2013.

This year, when members of the bench, bar and public submit their comments on changes to the appellate, bankruptcy, civil, criminal and evidence rules -- they'll notice a revamped website for the Federal Rules.

"Our goal in the reorganization was a simpler, more logical starting point for the bench, practicing bar, and public to access the federal rules and forms. We have attempted to describe the rulemaking process in plain language while providing straightforward access to the rules, the work of the Judicial Conference's Rules Committees, and other historical and archival material," said Benjamin Robinson, of the Judicial Conference Rules Committee Support Office.

To make information easier to find, the rules section is divided into general categories: effective, pending and proposed rules published for public comment; about the rulemaking process and records and archives of the rules committees.

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