Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Fixed: Remote Access to Databases is now working!

Patrons with valid Trial Court Law Library cards can now access Heinonline, Retrievelaw and Nolo E-books remotely. Thank you for your patience.

Remote Access to Databases currently unavailable

We are aware of the problem and are working with the vendor to get these up and running ASAP.

In the meantime, please feel free to use our other services, such as Document Delivery, Ask A Librarian, our email reference service or call a librarian at any of our libraries for reference assistance.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Remote Access to Databases Unavailable Today

We are going through a system upgrade today, so you may not be able to access our databases from your home or office. In-library access is still working, though, so please stop in!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Buyer of property after invalid foreclosure has no standing

In the case of Bevilacqua v.Rodriguez, appealed from a Land Court decision, the SJC has ruled on a follow up issue from the earlier case of US Bank National Ass. v. Ibanez. In Ibanez, the court held that absence of authority to hold the mortgage, the sale is void. In the current case, the SJC ruled that the purchaser at foreclosure, Bevilacqua, had no standing to sue for title since the underlying foreclosure was invalid. In an unusual twist, the respondent did not appear and could not be located. The Land Court, in his absence, raised the issue of standing under MGL ch. 240 sec. 1.
Don't forget to check our page on Foreclosure Law.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Second Annual Toomey Lecture

Wayne A. Budd, Esq. will speak "My Journey: Lessons Learned from a Life in the Law ." Wayne A. Budd, Esq. is presently senior counsel in the Litigation Department of Goodwin Procter LLP in Boston, where he specializes in business and commercial litigation. He has had a varied legal career ranging from Associate Attorney General of the United States to partner at Goodwin Proctor to Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel at John Hancock Financial Services, Inc. to Commissioner of the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

Mr. Budd will speak on Thursday October 20th from 4:00 - 5:30 at the Worcester Trial Court Complex about lessons he has learned from his vast life experience in the law, both in the private and public sectors. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

New Guidelines for Domestic Abuse Proceedings

The Trial Court has issued the fourth edition of Guidelines for Judicial Practice: Abuse Prevention Proceedings.
These Guidelines reflect a number of substantive and procedural changes. Some changes are based on appellate case law concerning what constitutes notice and when findings are necessary, as well as the relationship of no-contact and stay-away orders, standards for extension of orders, expungement of records, mutual orders, and the ability to issue orders of prevention and protection even without personal jurisdiction. Other revisions are based on statutory changes, which include amendments to the bail statute and the requirement of an order to complete a certified batterer intervention program when abuse prevention orders have been violated.
"The revised c. 209A forms referenced in the Guidelines will be issued by November 1st to be effective on December 1, 2011. The prior use of appendices also has changed."

For more information, see the notice from the court. These guidelines have been linked from our Law About Domestic Violence and Court Rules pages.