The Supreme Judicial Court has amended Rule 3:11 effective January 1, 2009.
The rule is amended "by inserting at the end of paragraph (6) the following two sentences: To facilitate transitions in Committee membership, the court may invite a newly appointed member whose term has not officially begun to observe Committee business for a period not to exceed three months prior to the commencement of the member's term. A member whose term has expired shall remain on the Committee pending appointment of his or her successor, and until the successor's term begins."
Links to this and all other Mass. court rules is available at Massachusetts Rules of Court.