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Private Counsel Compensation Hearings; SJC Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure Invites Comments on Proposed Amendments to Rule 4

Private Counsel Compensation Hearings

Pursuant to M.G.L. ch. 211D, § 11 (Establishment and Review of Compensation Rates) the Committee for Public Counsel Services will be holding hearings in order to solicit input on the current rates of compensation for attorneys who accept appointments to represent indigent persons. All persons who accept these appointments are invited to attend and to provide input on this issue.

April 5, 2012, 4:30-6:30 p.m.                 
Taunton Superior Court, 9 Court Street, 2nd Floor, Taunton, MA

April 12, 2012, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Salem Superior Court, 56 Federal Street, Salem, MA

Written Testimony may be emailed to Denise Simonini at [e-mail dsimonini]. Please include subject line: "Public Compensation Hearing"

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SJC Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure Invites Comments on Proposed Amendments to Rule 4 of the Massachusetts Rules of Appellate Procedure


The Supreme Judicial Court 's Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure invites comments on a proposed amendment to Mass. R. A. P. 4(a) dealing with post judgment motions. The proposed amendment addresses the motions that toll the time period for appeals. The amended section states that motions to alter or amend judgment under Rule 59 or motions for relief from judgment, however titled, would stay the time for taking an appeal as long as the motions are served within 10 days after entry of judgment. The amendment makes clear that the substance and not the title of the motion should control. As stated in the Reporter's Notes, "a post-judgment motion seeking to correct an error of law, whether titled as a motion to alter, amend, or vacate, for relief from judgment, or for reconsideration, if served within 10 days, will extend the running of the time period to file a notice of appeal."

The Committee solicits and welcomes comments from the bar prior to presenting its recommendation to the Rules Committee of the Supreme Judicial Court. Comments should be directed to Christine Burak, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square, Boston 02108 or to [e-mail christine.burak] on or before April 27.

Click here to view the proposed amendments to Rule 4.

 

 

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