CLE Program

A Criminal Lawyer's Guide to Practice in the Massachusetts District Courts


Date: Thursday, March 29, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


UTEC Center
35 Warren Street
Lowell, MA, 01852

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Program Options:


MBA Paralegals : $0.00
MBA Law Student : $0.00
MBA New Admittee : $0.00
MBA Member : $0.00
Non-member : $160.00

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To effectively advocate on behalf of their clients, criminal defense attorneys practicing, or planning to practice, in the district courts of the commonwealth need to be well-versed in not only the law, but procedure. The Hon. Barbara S. Pearson will lead a panel of experts as they discuss the nuances of practicing criminal law in the Massachusetts District Court. Specific topics include:

  • Arraignments and bail hearings under MGL Ch. 276
  • Conditions of release under Section 58, cash bail
  • Pre-trial probation
  • Requests for allegations of abuse findings
  • Revocation of bail requests and hearings
  • MGL Ch. 276 Section 58A dangerousness hearings
  • MGL Ch. 123 Section 35 commitments
  • Probation detention and surrender hearings
  • Probable cause hearings
  • Restraining order requests at time of arraignment
  • Pre-trial conference reports
  • Compliance and election requests
  • Discovery issues
  • Motions to dismiss
  • Rule 17 motions
  • Bills of particular
  • Requests for modification of restraining orders by plaintiff when there is an open criminal case
  • Motions to suppress
  • Pleas
  • Trial issues
  • Voir dire
  • Motions in limine
  • Sentencing

This program qualifies for 3.5 hours of CPCS CLE credits for the adult criminal trial panel.

Members of the Middlesex County, Essex County, and Greater Lynn Bar Association may attend the program for $80.  The MBA is offering a special $25 rate for government and public sector attorneys.  Please contact MBA Member Services at (617) 338-0530 to register.


Hon. Barbara S. Pearson, Program Chair
Hon. Mary F. McCabe, Panelist
Peabody District Court, Peabody
Kimberly M. Faitella, Esq., Panelist
Essex County District Attorney's Office - Salem, Salem
Robert W. Normandin, Esq., Panelist
Jessica Anne Pacheco, Esq., Panelist
Middlesex County District Attorney's Office - Woburn Division, Lowell
Ronald Ranta, Esq., Panelist
Fisette & Ranta, Danvers

Sponsoring Sections:

Criminal Justice Section
Young Lawyers Division

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