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Thursday, May. 17, 2012
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SJC seeks judge evaluations in Superior Court in Suffolk and Middlesex Counties; Trial Court Law Libraries offer eBook accessibility to court rules and Massachusetts Guide to Evidence

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SJC seeks judge evaluations in Superior Court in Suffolk and Middlesex Counties

As part of the continuing program to evaluate and enhance judicial performance, the Supreme Judicial Court will evaluate judges of the Superior Court in Suffolk and Middlesex counties beginning Monday, May 21.

Attorneys who receive a questionnaire should take the time to complete it, as the more responses received, the more helpful the judicial evaluations will be. The SJC's evaluation program is the best opportunity for attorneys to offer their opinions of the members of the judiciary. Attorneys who have appeared  in these courts in the last two years, according to court records, will receive questionnaires. Attorneys will receive an e-mail requesting them to log into our website to complete the evaluation electronically. As required by statute, the electronic system keeps the evaluations confidential and anonymous. A paper questionnaire is mailed, if there is no attorney e-mail on record.

Inquiries concerning questionnaires and evaluations should be directed to Mona Hochberg, SJC judicial performance evaluation coordinator, at (617) 557-1156 or [e-mail Mona.Hochberg].

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Trial Court Law Libraries offer eBook accessibility to
court rules and Massachusetts Guide to Evidence

In a continuing effort to make legal materials more easily accessible to judges, lawyers and the general public, the Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries are now offering free eBook access to court rules and the Massachusetts Guide to Evidence.

Instructions on how to download the free app and links to the downloadable files are available on the Trial Court Law Library website.

In addition to the Massachusetts Guide to Evidence, the following rules are available for download:

  • Rules of Civil Procedure;
  • Rules of Criminal Procedure;
  • Rules of Appellate Procedure;
  • Rules of Land Court, with standing orders, Manual and Guidelines;
  • Rules of Domestic Relations Procedure;
  • Rules of Superior Court; and
  • Rules of Juvenile Court.

New editions of eBooks will be available when a rule is changed, and announcements that an updated edition is ready to download will be made on Twitter, on the Massachusetts Law Blog and linked from the Trial Court Law Library's website.

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