Updates

MASSACHUSETTS ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE – June 22, 2020

MASSACHUSETTS ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION
June 22, 2020
UPDATE
Greetings:
We are pleased to share a Press Release announcing the launch of the COVID-19 Pro Bono Portal, a collaborative, statewide tool connecting attorneys and law students to pandemic-related pro bono opportunities that serve low-income residents of the Commonwealth.
Please share this exciting tool widely!
Thank you!

PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE
SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT
John Adams Courthouse
One Pemberton Square
Boston, Massachusetts 02108
CONTACT:

Jennifer Donahue/Erika Gully-Santiago

Jennifer.Donahue@jud.state.ma.us
617-557-1114
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 22, 2020
Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission Launches COVID-19 Pro Bono Portal
BOSTON, MA — The Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission's COVID-19 Task Force Pro Bono Committee has launched the COVID-19 Pro Bono Portal, a ...
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MASSACHUSETTS ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE – June 11, 2020

MASSACHUSETTS ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION
June 11, 2020

UPDATE
 

Greetings:

We want to make sure you are aware of three new orders issued by the Supreme Judicial Court concerning: electronic signatures; humanitarian aid; and Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:03.

Electronic Signatures

The Supreme Judicial Court has issued an updated order authorizing use of electronic signatures by attorneys and self-represented parties (issued June 10, 2020, effective June 11, 2020).  See the order for details.  A summary is provided below.

Pursuant to that order whenever an attorney or self-represented party is required to sign a document to be served on another party or filed with the court, ...
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MASSACHUSETTS ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE – June 4, 2020

MASSACHUSETTS ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE
June 4, 2020
The goal of the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission is to achieve equal justice for all persons in the Commonwealth.  As the Commission works in collaboration with the courts and other entities to promote access to justice in our civil legal system, we share the below letter from the seven Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court addressing racial disparities.

June 3, 2020

Dear Members of the Judiciary and the Bar:

The events of the last few months have reminded us of what African-Americans know all too well: that too often, by too many, black lives are not ...
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MA Access to Justice Commission Update – May 28

MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE
May 28, 2020

THE SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT MAY 26TH ORDER

On May 26, 2020 the Supreme Judicial Court issued an order regarding the operation of Massachusetts state courts and courthouses in June during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The order will go into effect June 1, 2020, and replace the current order which went into effect May 4, 2020. A comparison of the key provisions of the two orders is available on the court's website.

Under the new order, all the courts of the Commonwealth will continue to be open to conduct emergency and non-emergency business, in both civil and criminal ...
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MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE – May 15, 2020

MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE
May 15, 2020

Letter from Judiciary Leaders on Path Forward During the Pandemic

On May 14, 2020, Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph Gants, Appeals Court Chief Justice Mark Green, and Trial Court Chief Justice Paula Carey sent a letter to the members of the Bar to update them, self-represented litigants, and the public with a tentative plan for the months ahead. The letter includes new, important information, such as:

  • The Supreme Judicial Court, the Appeals Court, and every Trial Court department are currently hearing and deciding cases virtually. The Trial Court departments have begun to hear ...
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MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE – May 11, 2020

MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE
May 11, 2020

The Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission COVID-19 Task Force continues to meet weekly and has been working on a number of projects relating to statewide pro bono, access to the courts, and promoting the development and distribution to non-lawyers of information about changes in the law and legal procedures. As part of these efforts, please share the below invitation with advocates who work at nonprofits, religious institutions, and other social service agencies who might be interested in this webinar.

Virtual Question and Answer Session for Community Advocates

Please join us at a virtual Question ...
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MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE – May 6, 2020

MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE
May 6, 2020
Greetings:

We hope you are well and safe during these times.

The May 14th Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission meeting is cancelled; instead, we are focusing our efforts on the Commission’s very active COVID-19 Task Force. The Task Force continues its work to collaborate and marshal resources to assist people with their legal needs statewide during this pandemic. We look forward to being in touch with any updates. In the meantime, please reach out to Carolyn Goodwin, Director, Massachusetts Access to Justice at cgoodwin@mlac.org with any input or questions.

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MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE – April 30, 2020

MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE
April 30, 2020
Supreme Judicial Court Issues Updated Order
On April 27, 2020 the Supreme Judicial Court issued an updated order regarding the operation of Massachusetts state courts and courthouses during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The order is effective May 4, 2020. Under the new order, Courthouses will continue to be closed to the general public, except where entry is required to address emergency matters that cannot be addressed virtually until at least June 1, 2020. However, all courts of the Commonwealth will continue to be open to conduct court business. Additionally, jury trials in both ...
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MASSACHUSETTS ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE – April 9, 2020

MASSACHUSETTS ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION
April 9, 2020 
UPDATE
 
Greetings:

We hope you are well and safe during these times.

Over the past month, the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission has created a COVID-19 Task Force with the goal to effectively collaborate and marshal resources to assist people with their legal needs statewide.  The Task Force is comprised of representatives from legal services, law firm pro bono, law schools, the court, social services, the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Boston Bar Association, which includes several of our Commission members. It has met weekly since the outbreak of the virus.

The Task Force has accomplished an incredible ...
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MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE – March 16, 2020

MASSACHUSETTS ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION
March 16, 2020
UPDATE
 

Greetings:

We want to make sure you are aware that the Massachusetts Trial Court has announced a range of measures to reduce the number of people coming into state courts to take effect on Wednesday, March 18.  

Please also note that the Trial Courts are closed to the public on March 16th and 17th: https://www.mass.gov/alerts/trial-courts-closed-to-the-public-monday-and-tuesday-march-16-and-17-2020

Detailed information and links to more information are located in the Massachusetts Trial Court’s March 14, 2020 Press Release: https://www.mass.gov/news/trial-court-announces-triage-plans-to-reduce-numbers-of-persons-coming-to-courts

Each Trial Court department has issued a Standing Order.  All Standing Orders are available on the Trial Court ...
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