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Handbook of Legal Research in Massachusetts

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  • Publication Date: 12/31/2020
  • Edition: 4th Edition 2017, with 2020 Supplement
  • Copyright: © 2020 MCLE, Inc.
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    A necessity for legal research, the Handbook of Legal Research in Massachusetts shows you how to excel in the research of primary and secondary sources for Massachusetts case law, statutory law and regulatory authorities. The Handbook provides a sound basis in many sources of basic public law in Massachusetts. Researchers unfamiliar with Massachusetts legal materials will find background explanation, bibliographic information and related research guides for major areas of law.

    Recent updates:

    • Update: December 2020

      Dear Subscriber:

      Thank you for choosing to keep your legal research current with the 2020 Supplement to the Handbook for Massachusetts Legal Research. The following updates represent only a small percentage of the new material for 2020:

      • Filing proposed legislation. See chapter 3 for new discussions concerning both legislators' and citizens' petitions to propose new legislation. The chapter recounts the procedure for citizens' petitions that lack a legislative endorsement. The chapter also adds a new discussion of the procedures attendant to public hearings on proposed legislation, including where notice is posted, who may attend, what must be included on the agenda and on the legislature's website, and when executive sessions are allowed.
      • Index of special commission reports. Also in chapter 3, find new information on the State Library's digital archives that include a series of index volumes, detailing special commission reports, organized by keyword/topic and containing the narrative report from the special commission and any proposed legislation.
      • The Trial Court. See new information, in chapter 4, on the composition, administration, roles, and duties of personnel in the office of the Chief Justice of the Trial Court.
      • Appellate civil jurisdiction. Chapter 4 contains information on an increase, effective January 1, 2020, in the procedural amount for actions brought to the Superior Court by "appeal."
      • Electronic court filings. Chapter 4 describes the Supreme Judicial Court's adoption, on May 22, 2020, of amendments to the Massachusetts Rules of Electronic Filing.
      • Adjudicatory hearings. See exhibit 6A in chapter 6, which offers a selective list of state agencies that conduct adjudicatory proceedings and issue adjudicatory decisions.

      We at MCLE trust that you will find this material useful in your legal research and valuable in maintaining your law library.

      Cordially,

      Maryanne G. Jensen, Esq., Director of Publications

    • Update: December 2017

      Dear Subscriber:

      Thank you for choosing to stay up to the minute on legal research in Massachusetts with this fourth edition of the Handbook for Legal Research in Massachusetts. In this update, you will find information on topics including the following:

      • Legislative research. See chapter 3 for new tips on how to access critical information, including identities of petitioners and cosponsors.
      • Judicial system. See chapter 4 for practical guidance on scheduling for oral arguments in the Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court.
      • Court rules. See chapter 5 for practice information with regard to pre–2016 Rules of Judicial Conduct advisory opinions. The chapter also updates website addresses and contact information.
      • Administrative decisions. See chapter 6 for new advice on how to search Open Meeting Law determinations.
      • Municipal law. See chapter 7 for practice tips on researching regulatory takings, along with some key decisions in this area.
      • Electronic legal research. See chapter 9 for tips on accessing digital repositories for primary law. The chapter also offers an updated list of helpful websites for electronic databases.

      We at MCLE trust that you will find this material useful in your legal research and indispensable among your law library holdings.

      Cordially,

      Maryanne G. Jensen, Esq., Director of Publications

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    The Massachusetts Constitution and Structure of Government

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    Statutes and Session Laws

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    Massachusetts Legislative Procedure and History

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    The Judicial System

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    Rules of Court

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    Administrative Law—Regulations, Orders, Decisions, Opinions

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    Selected Legal Research Resources

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    Hon. Margot Botsford, Supreme Judicial Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Ret.), Boston
    Laurel E. Davis, Esq., Boston College Law School Library, Newton Centre
    Francis V. Kenneally, Esq., Supreme Judicial Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston
    Judith A. Saint-Amour, Esq., Appellate Tax Board, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston
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