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In-Person Program

Single Justice Practice

Procedure and practice for the appellate attorney

Wednesday, 6/29/2011, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
MCLE Conference Center, Ten Winter Place, Boston
4 substantive credits, 0 ethics credits
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Product Description

Single justice practice is often the most complicated and time-sensitive area of appellate practice. From seeking review of a critical interlocutory order in a civil or criminal case, to obtaining a stay of an injunction, judgment, or sentence pending an appeal, every practitioner should have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the procedures required to obtain relief in the single justice sessions of the Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court.

Our program faculty consists of a Justice of the Appeals Court, clerks from both appellate courts, as well as an attorney experienced in single justice practice. The panel provides you with invaluable practice tips and techniques for single justice practice. The panel also provides a detailed review of Appeals Court jurisdiction as it relates to interlocutory matters, stays in civil (both discretionary and automatic) and criminal cases, and the procedure for seeking a stay in either court. Attendees receive practical advice and tips from the experienced panel of practitioners. MCLE experts also discuss Supreme Judicial Court jurisdiction as it relates to both authorized interlocutory appeals and discretionary interlocutory review.

You will learn...

  • The differences between final judgments and interlocutory matters
  • About the general rule of nonappealability and avoidance of piecemeal appeals
  • What the exceptions are which allow for interlocutory review
  • About the doctrine of present execution
  • About the authority of trial court to issue reports
  • About Appeals Court jurisdiction as it relates to when and how to file a motion to file notice of appeal late or a motion to docket appeal late
  • What the Supreme Judicial Court jurisdiction is which allows for further appellate review of a single justices order
  • How to file the petition, the format of the petition, and supporting memorandum of law
  • How to schedule argument
  • Practical tips and advice for appellate practice in the state courts

Table of Contents


Joseph F. Stanton, Esq., Appeals Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston


Hon. Elspeth B. Cypher, Appeals Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston
Maura S. Doyle, Esq., Supreme Judicial Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston
Lena M. Wong, Esq., Appeals Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston



  • $225
  • $195 MCLE Sponsor Members
  • $145 New lawyers admitted to law practice after 2006, pending admittees and law students
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