Updates

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.

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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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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.

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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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