Thursday, April 23, 2009

Limited Representation Expanded

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has issued an order expanding the availability of limited assistance representation to courts beyond those included in the pilot project. Originally, attorneys were permitted to assist self-represented litigants in the Hampden, Suffolk and Norfolk Probate and Family Courts without taking on full representation. The program proved so successful that the SJC has decided to permit limited representation in any court in which it is authorized by that court department's Chief Justice, with the approval of the Chief Justice for Administration and Management. The order includes applicable forms and is effective May 1, 2009.