Thursday, February 16, 2012

Comments Sought on Proposed Pro Hac Vice Rule

The SJC is soliciting comments on proposed new Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:15: Pro Hac Vice Registration Fee.  According to the court:
"The new rule was originally proposed to the Rules Committee by the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission in response to the crisis in funding civil legal aid services to low-income families and individuals.  
"The proposed new rule would require lawyers, except those who will provide pro bono service to indigents, to pay a $300 registration fee per case to the Board of Bar Overseers.  The Board may retain a portion of the fee to cover costs, and shall pay the balance to the IOLTA Committee for distribution in accordance with S.J.C. Rule 3:07." 
Send comments by March 9, 2012 to or mail to: Christine P. Burak, Secretary, Supreme Judicial Court Rules Committee, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square, Boston, MA, 02108.