Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Thinking of an Exotic Pet?

Before you buy that exotic animal online, be sure to check out Massachusetts laws on the subject. The best place to start is the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife's Keeping Captive / Exotic Wildlife, which summarizes the applicable laws. Those wanting more detail should read the following sources of primary law:

  • MGL c.131, s.23:  Licensing requirements for fish, birds, reptiles, mammals and amphibians
  • MGL c.131, s.77A: Wild canine and felid hybrids
  • 321 CMR 2.12: Artificial Propagation of Birds, Mammals, Reptiles, and Amphibians.
  • 321 CMR 9: Exotic Pets Exemption List. Lists "species which are exempt from the licensing provisions of MGL c. 131, § 23. This list includes wild (i.e., non-domesticated) vertebrate animals which may be imported, sold or possessed without a permit."

More information on animals in Massachusetts is available at Mass. Law About Animals.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Two New Appeals Court Standing Orders Re:Docketing Statements

The Appeals Court will continue the Pilot Program Requiring Appellants to File Docketing Statements in Civil Cases through December 31, 2012. The program had been scheduled to end December 1, 2011. In addition, the court has issued a new Standing Order, Adoption of Pilot Program Requiring Appellants to File Docketing Statements in Criminal Cases. This order is effective  December 1, 2011 through December 31, 2012.
The court said this about the new criminal docketing statements:
"During the course of the pilot, the docketing statement will be posted on the Appeals Court website as a PDF form that will have drop-down menus, calendars, and text that will automatically fill in certain information. Attorneys and litigants will be able to complete and save the form and then file it by e-mail. Incarcerated self-represented appellants would not he required to participate.

"The Appeals Court solicited public comment on the proposed pilot program and several comments were received. After reviewing those comments, we removed the requirement of a statement of anticipated issues."