Wednesday, June 29, 2011

SJC Rule 4:02 amended effective September 1

A new subsection (10) has been added to SJC Rule 4:02 effective September 1, 2011. The new subsection reads:

(10) Residential Addresses Confidential
Residential addresses disclosed on registration statements, except those designated as the registrant's place of business, shall be treated as confidential and shall be used by the Board and by Bar Counsel only for the purpose of communicating with registrants or otherwise in the course of the business of the Board or Bar Counsel. Other than in the course of such business, neither the Board nor Bar Counsel shall disclose any such residential address to any third party unless directed to do so by order of this Court for Suffolk County. 

New BBO Rules

The Board of Bar Overseers Rules have been amended effective September 1, 2011. There have been two changes:
Remove Rule 3.54 and replace with a new Subchapter G: Recusal.
Add new Section 4.5B: Taking out-of-state depositions pursuant to subpoena

The text is available at http://www.lawlib.state.ma.us/docs/BBORulesAmendments.pdf.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Some new & revised District Court's Criminal Model Jury Instructions

District Court has added a number of new & revised criminal jury instructions: http://www.mass.gov/courts/courtsandjudges/courts/districtcourt/jury-instructions/criminal/index.html

Eviction Storage Law Limits Distance of Storage Facility

Massachusetts' eviction storage law, MGL c.239, s.4 was amended effective March 16, 2011 by St.2010, c.393. The old law said, in part, that tenants' property 
"shall be stored with the licensed public warehouser identified in the notice provided to the defendant pursuant to section 3, except that the officer shall store the property with a warehouser or other storage facility of the defendant’s choosing if the defendant notifies the officer of his choice in writing at or before the time of removal of the property."
The new law adds a sentence to s.4(a) regarding the distance of a storage facility: 
"the term 'warehouser or other storage facility' shall mean a public warehouse licensed and bonded pursuant to section 1 of chapter 105, located in the commonwealth and within a 20 mile radius of the land or tenements from which the personal property is removed." 

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Crowd Manager Training Program Online

On June 1, 2011, the need for Certified Crowd Managers at every nightclub, dance hall, discothèque or bar, with an occupant load of 100 persons or more became effective in accordance with the state regulation .

For further information, see the State Fire Marshall's website.