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Massachusetts Law About Civil Procedure

Court Rules


Mass. Civil Procedure Forms

Drafting a Complaint in Massachusetts: provides information on how to draft your own complaint.

Other Web Sources

About Service of Process, Mass. Secretary of State. Describes how to serve both domestic and foreign corporations.

Appeals Court Frequently Asked Questions, Mass. Appeals Court. In a question and answer format, provides essential information on how to file an appeal in both civil and criminal cases. Covers everything from the notice of appeal to how long to expect to wait for a decision. Great resource!

Checklist for Preparation of Brief and Appendix, Mass. Appeals Court. Lists all necessary components with references to court rules for each.

Featured Practice Tips from the Superior Court Bench, MCLE. A "series of short video briefings offering practical and sage advice from more than forty active and alumni members of the Massachusetts Superior Court."

How to Win Your Personal Injury Claim, Nolo, 2012. Not specific to Massachusetts. Includes information on filing your claim, insurance coverage, how much is your claim worth, settlement and more. Requires Library Card for access.

Massachusetts Appeals Court Help Center. Includes:  Guide to Appeals, Entry of an Appeal, Direct Appellate Review, Further Appellate Review, Motion Practice, Single Justice Practice, Interlocutory Petitions, Motions to Stay Pursuant to RAP 6, Format for Briefs & Appendicies, Oral Arguments, Moffett Filings, Impoundment Procedures, Pilot Project - Docketing Statement.

Nolo's Deposition Handbook, Nolo, 2010. Included information on being deposed, taking and defending depositions, state discovery rules, sample forms and more. Requires Library Card for access.

Representing Yourself in a Civil Case: Things to Consider When Going to Court, Mass. Trial Court. "This book is for people who are considering representing themselves in a civil case in a Massachusetts trial court. It is intended to provide an overview of the court process in a civil case and direct you to resources."

Step by Step: A Simple Guide to Filing a Civil Action in the United States District Court--District of Massachusetts, US District Court , Mass, 2006. As the title suggests, this guide is both step by step and simple. Includes an explanation of the terminology and chronology of a civil suit, as well as procedural directions and forms that can be filled out online and printed.

Supreme Judicial Court Style Manual, SJC Office of the Reporter of Decisions, 2014-2015. "The manual may be useful to those preparing appellate briefs."

Print Sources

Handbook of Civil Procedure in the Massachusetts District Court, 4th ed, by Mark Perlin, Lawyers Weekly, 2009.

Massachusetts Practice v.9-9A (Civil Practice), ThomsonWest, 2004 with supplement.

Massachusetts Superior Court Civil Practice Manual, 2d ed, MCLE, loose-leaf.