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Springfield, MA 01102-0559
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New Courtroom Recording System
The trial courts are implementing a new courtroom recording and transcript production system called “For the Record Court FM” (“FTR Court FM”).  The courts in the following courthouses are already using FTR Court FM: Attleboro, Barnstable, Brockton, Dedham, Edgartown, Fall River, Framingham/Natick, Haverhill, Lawrence, Lynn, Malden, Nantucket, New Bedford, Newburyport/Ipswich, Northampton, Plymouth, Quincy, Salem, Woburn, Worcester.  Click here for more information.

FTR Court FM allows attorneys to listen to court recordings remotely from their offices without ordering CDs.  These recordings are available almost immediately after the court event and attorneys do not have to wait for the court to make and mail out a CD.  Click here for information on recording requests. 

There will be a quick training on the new recording system that was implemented in Springfield District Court before the Criminal Law Series seminar "RMV Consequences of Criminal Convictions, OUIs, Suspensions, etc..." on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at 12:30 pm in the Commissioner's Room, 2nd Floor.   Click here for information on the new system and requesting records for hearings.  


Notice of Vacancies on the Clients' Security Board

The Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court invite applications for appointment to the Clients' Security Board.

Two  vacancies will occur on the Board in December, 2017, due to the expiration of the terms of incumbent members.  Under S.J.C. Rule 4:04, the Board manages the fund used to discharge the bar's collective responsibility with respect to losses caused to the public by defalcations of members of the bar.  For this vacancy the Justices are seeking applications from one experienced attorney with a background in personal injury litigation and from one experienced attorney with expertise in bankruptcy.  Terms are for five years.

One page resumes, with a cover letter, should be submitted by December 20, 2017,  to: Mona Hochberg at Mona.Hochberg@sjc.state.ma.us or Mona Hochberg, Supreme Judicial Court,  John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square, Boston, MA 02108. 


Probate Court New Electronic Filing System

On October 27, 2017, the Probate and Family Court, Hampden Division began accepting electronic filings (e-filings) using Odyssey File and Serve provided by Tyler Technologies.  Click here for more information.


Military Affidavit Required in All New Domestic Cases

The Probate & Family Court has announced that a Military Affidavit must be filed with all new domestic cases in the Probate & Family Court.  Click here for a copy of the affidavit.


Probate & Family Court New Statement of Payment Form (Rule 1:07)

The Probate & Family Court has added a new fillable Statement of Payment Form (Rule 1:07) to our website forms page.  The link is below.  If you go to the website please use Internet Explorer to make sure you have full access to all forms. The form has been added to the P&F forms - Miscellaneous section on Mass.gov.


Probate & Family Court Announces New Child Support Guidelines Effective September 15, 2017

Chief Justice Carey approved new child support guidelines which will take effect on September 15, 2017.  Click here for the new guidelines and information about the 2016-2017 Child Support Guidelines Task Force review.


 

 
 

 

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