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Thursday, Jun. 21, 2012
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Additional court locations to adjust public office hours; Probate and Family Court announces changes to Standing Order 2-99

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Additional court locations to
adjust public office hours


Starting July 2, 2012, the five permanent clerks' offices that comprise the Southeast Division of the Housing Court -- Fall River, New Bedford, Brockton, Plymouth, and Taunton -- will operate under a staggered schedule that closes each office for two days a week. Court users may go to any of the five locations to conduct business. At least two of the five locations will be open for business on any given day.

Last year, the Housing Court's Southeast Division opened a fifth session at the new courthouse in Taunton after many years of holding sessions in four locations to cover Bristol and Plymouth counties. Staff of the division travel among the locations on a regular basis and the new schedule will better balance the coverage throughout the region.

The five Housing Court locations will be open as follows:

  • Mondays: Fall River, New Bedford, Brockton, Plymouth
  • Tuesdays: Fall River, Brockton, Taunton
  • Wednesdays: Brockton, Taunton
  • Thursdays: Fall River, New Bedford, Plymouth
  • Fridays: New Bedford, Plymouth, Taunton

In addition, the Lawrence District Court will extend its restricted counter and phone coverage from three days to five days between the hours of 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. The Newburyport/Ipswich district courts also will expand from three days to five days its restricted telephone coverage between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.

The scheduling of court sessions is not affected by the changes in office hours and access is available for emergency matters. This reduction in counter and telephone hours provides uninterrupted time for staff to prepare cases for court sessions and execute court orders, as well as to complete filing, docketing, scanning and other case processing.

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Probate and Family Court announces changes to Standing Order 2-99


The Probate and Family Court has annoucned the approval of Amended Standing Order 2-99, governing the "Procedure for Submission and Disposition of Certain Post-Hearing Motions." The changes reflect recommendations made by the Probate and Family Court Bench/Bar Committee on Rules. Hon. Paula M. Carey, chief justice of the Probate and Family Court Department and Hon. Robert A. Mulligan, chief justice for Administration and Management, approved the changes effective July 2, 2012.

The amended standing order identifies the post-hearing relief available in the Probate and Family Court and clarifies the specific Rules of Civil Procedure and Domestic Relations Procedure that are applicable to motions for post-hearing relief.

Click here to view the amended order.

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