Updates

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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MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE – March 12, 2020

We hope you are all well. We are closely monitoring the news regarding COVID-19 as it impacts the Commissioners and access to justice issues generally. We will also continue to share general information and news on access to justice matters.
MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE
March 12, 2020
The Commission’s Activities Highlighted
Commissioner Joel Feldman’s work highlighted in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

On February 20, 2020, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly published an article “New western Mass. network seeks to boost representation in eviction cases”. The article calls attention to the imbalance in representation by counsel between tenants and landlords in eviction cases and highlights ...
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MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE – March 5, 2020

MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE
March 5, 2020
Upcoming ATJ Commission Meeting Thursday, March 12 from 3-5 pm in the Social Law Library at the Adams Courthouse in Boston

Agenda items include:

  • MassLegalAnswersOnline Update
  • MA Legal Resource Finder – Report and Discussion on Updates and Enhancements
  • Technology Tools that Assist in Closing the Justice Gap – Highlights and Discussion

Please note that the March 12th MA Access to Justice Commission meeting is postponed due to logistical challenges in enabling full participation.  We apologize for any inconvenience and we look forward to being in touch.

The Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission is pleased to announce ...
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MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE – February 13, 2020

MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE
February 13, 2020
 

Highlights from the January 30th Meeting of the ATJ Commission

Thank you to the Commissioners and guests who joined us for the most recent meeting of the MA ATJ Commission on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at the Adams Courthouse. Highlights and key takeaways from the meeting included:

Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) Background and Discussion: Suzanne Schlossberg, Law Clerk to Chief Justice Ralph Gants, provided a framework for court based ODR. April Kuehnhoff, staff attorney from the National Consumer Law Center, presented on court-sponsored ODR in connection with debt collection law suits and her research at ...
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MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE – January 28, 2020

MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE
January 28, 2020
Upcoming ATJ Commission Meeting Thursday, January 30 from 3-5 pm in the Social Law Library at the Adams Courthouse in Boston
Agenda items include:

  • Online Dispute Resolution Background and Discussion
  • Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission Housing Committee Update and Plans
  • Self-Represented Litigants in Land Court Presentation and Discussion

We look forward to seeing you there.

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MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE – January 16, 2020

MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE
January 16, 2020

Upcoming MA ATJ Commission Meeting Thursday, January 30 from 3-5 pm
in the Social Law Library at the Adams Courthouse in Boston
 

Agenda items include:

  • Online Dispute Resolution Background and Discussion
  • Self-Represented Litigants in Land Court Presentation and Discussion
  • Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission Housing Committee Update and Plans

We look forward to seeing you there.

 
Upcoming Programs of Interest
 

Access to Justice Fellows Program Information Session

Monday, January 27th, 2020

12:30-1:30 pm at the Boston Bar Association

Calling Massachusetts-based attorneys who are retiring or thinking about winding down their practice! Do you want to take on a meaningful pro ...
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MA Access to Justice Commission Update – December 12, 2019

MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE
December 12, 2019
 
Highlights from the December 3rd Meeting of the ATJ Commission

Thank you to the Commissioners and guests who joined us for the most recent meeting of the MA ATJ Commission on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at the Adams Courthouse. Highlights and key takeaways from the meeting included:

Justice For All Consumer Debt Pilot Project and Ongoing Work: Matthew Brooks (Greater Boston Legal Services) presented on the outcomes and lessons learned from the Justice For All Consumer Debt Pilot Project. A Consumer Debt Pilot Summary Report can be found here: http://www.massa2j.org/a2j/?page_id=9. Commissioner Benjamin Golden and Ariel ...
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MA Access to Justice Commission Update – November 25, 2019

MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE
November 25, 2019
 

Upcoming ATJ Commission Meeting Tuesday, December 3 from 3-5 pm in the Social Law Library at the Adams Courthouse in Boston

Agenda items include:

  • Justice For All Consumer Debt Pilot Project and Lessons Learned
  • Justice For All Housing Pilot and Lessons Learned
  • Consumer Debt Working Group Updates
  • Housing Working Group Updates
  • Access to Attorneys and Fee Shifting Discussion

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Where a Lawyer Makes All the Difference – And Only One Side Has One: Adjartey and the Urgent Need for Court Reform and a Right to Counsel in Eviction Cases

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MA Access to Justice Commission Update – November 1, 2019

MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE
November 1, 2019
 

Highlights from the October 22nd Meeting of the ATJ Commission

Thank you to the Commissioners and guests who joined us for the most recent meeting of the MA ATJ Commission on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at the Adams Courthouse. Highlights and key takeaways from the meeting included:

  • Cellphone Policy Update: Judge Cynthia Cohen, Judge Paul Chernoff, Commissioner Jeff Catalano, and Jeff Morrow (Massachusetts Trial Court Director of Security) provided a positive update on the Cell Phone Policy Committee’s progress in implementing the recommendations included in the report issued by the Committee in May 2019. The ...
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MA Access to Justice Commission Update – October 16, 2019

MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE
October 16, 2019
 
Upcoming ATJ Commission Meeting Tuesday, October 22 from 3-5 pm in the Social Law Library at the Adams Courthouse in Boston
Agenda items include:

  • Cell Phone Policy Update
  • Presentation and Discussion of the Right to Counsel Principles
  • Virtual Court Service Center Presentation
  • Justice For All Consumer Debt Pilot Updates and Lessons Learned

We look forward to seeing you there ...
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