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Massachusetts Court Decisions
A diagram of the state court system (called a “Court Structure Chart” and including a summary of each court’s jurisdiction) is available on the web site of the National Center for State Courts.
Massachusetts Constitution and Legislation
See also a database of statewide ballot measures maintained by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
- Constitution (Mass. Const.)
See also the Massachusetts Great and General Court [Legislature] web site.
Massachusetts Laws by Popular Name
[Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries] — “The purpose of this table is to provide links to information on legal topics which are in the news or are of general interest to people living in [Massachusetts]. While reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, these references are meant to serve as a quick guide only.”
Massachusetts Rules of Procedure and Practice
Massachusetts Administrative Law Sources
See also a page of links to sources of rules, maintained by the Administrative Codes and Registers Section of the National Association of Secretaries of State.
- Code of Massachusetts Regulations (Mass. Regs. Code)
- Massachusetts Register (Mass. Reg.)
Massachusetts Ordinances and Home-Rule Charters
Ordinances are local laws, commonly organized into codes, that have been enacted by municipalities — cities, towns, etc. — and counties. Charters are organic laws (similar in function to a constitution) of those local government entities for which “home rule” is authorized by state law. For local laws not found through the links given here, try the county web sites and municipality web sites at “State and Local Government on the Net” by Piper Resources, or a publisher’s web site:
Massachusetts Law-Related Periodicals
Periodicals providing on-line articles are linked here. See also links to all Massachusetts law-review web sites as well as links to web sites of all U.S.-published law reviews and periodicals.
- Boston College International and Comparative Law Review (B.C. Int'l & Comp. L. Rev.)
- Boston College Law Review (B.C. L. Rev.)
- Boston College Third World Law Journal (B.C. Third World L.J.)
- Boston University Law Review (B.U. L. Rev.)
- Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review (Harv. Civ. Rts.-Civ. Liberties L. Rev.)
- Harvard Environmental Law Review (Harv. Envtl. L. Rev.)
- Harvard Human Rights Journal (Harv. Hum. Rts. J.)
- Harvard Law Review (Harv. L. Rev.)
- Harvard Negotiation Law Review (Harv. Negot. L. Rev.)
- Intellectual Property and Technology Forum (Intell. Prop. & Tech. F.)
[Boston Coll. Law Sch.]
- Journal of High Technology Law (J. High Tech. L.)
[Suffolk Univ. Law Sch.]
- Journal of Science and Technology Law (J. Sci. & Tech. L.)
[Boston Univ. Sch. of Law]
- Massachusetts Law Review (Mass. L. Rev.) . . . [Massachusetts Bar Ass’n]
- New England International and Comparative Law Annual (New Eng. Int'l & Comp. L. Ann.)
[New Eng. Sch. of Law]
- Suffolk University Law Review (Suffolk U. L. Rev.)
- University of Massachusetts Law Review (U. Mass. L. Rev.)
Formerly titled University of Massachusetts Roundtable Symposium Law Journal (until 2012); Southern New England Roundtable Symposium Law Journal (2006–2010).
- Western New England Law Review (W. New Eng. L. Rev.)
Other Massachusetts Commentary
- Tax Publications for Individuals • Tax Publications for Businesses
[Revenue Dep't] — The most commonly requested tax publications, in PDF files.
- Doing Business in Massachusetts. Foley Hoag LLP.
- Massachusetts Wage & Hour Laws: What Every Manager Needs to Know. James W. Bucking / Foley Hoag LLP.
- Books About Massachusetts Law
[Mark J. Bernardin, Esq. (Mass.), dba The Forum for Massachusetts Law] — A bibliography of books that “were written with the layperson in mind, focus on Massachusetts law, and are available at public libraries.”
Massachusetts Law-Related Topical Web Sites
Massachusetts Court Information
See also links to state court web sites, maintained by the National Center for State Courts. Additionally, the Ballotpedia.org web site presents information about courts and judges in the state, covering both state courts and federal courts, in a Wikipedia-style format.
- General Legal Forms
[Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries] — Links to Massachusetts legal forms, arranged by topics, as well as selected federal forms.
- U.S. District Court — Local Forms
- Revenue Department — Tax Forms
- Business Entity Forms
Other Massachusetts Resources
Consulate General of Canada in Boston
Consulate General of Mexico in Boston • Consulado General de México en Boston
Legal Research and Assistance
“Massachusetts Law About . . .”
[Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries] — Topical arrangement of links to sources of, and commentary on, Massachusetts law on numerous subjects.
Step by Step: A Simple Guide to Filing a Civil Action in the United States District Court, District of Massachusetts
Available also in a Spanish version.
Bankruptcy Law and Procedures for Massachusetts Residents
[Calicchia & Kinast LLP (Ohio)] — This web site, presented by a Cleveland bankruptcy law firm, covers basic information about the bankruptcy process, describes debt consolidation and credit counseling as alternatives to bankruptcy, lists the property that an individual is allowed to keep (with citations to governing provisions of Massachusetts law), and gives information about the bankruptcy courts and how to contact bankruptcy attorneys in Massachusetts.
Low-Cost Legal Aid
See also the web site for LawHelp.org and the web site for SelfHelpSupport.org.
This site “provides information about your legal rights as a Massachusetts resident, written in plain English or Spanish.” The site includes a form for finding an appropriate legal-services program.
- Massachusetts Legal Help for the Poor
[Am. Bar Ass’n] — Contact information for statewide and local legal-aid programs, from the ABA’s Directory of Pro Bono Programs. The ABA also provides a page of links to pro bono programs’ web sites. The Massachusetts Bar Association also provides some help on finding reduced-fee or free representation.
- WomensLaw.org — Sources of Legal Help
[WomensLaw.org (N.Y.)] — Sources of legal help (not limited to legal help for women) include statewide domestic-violence resources, local domestic-violence resources listed by city or town, free or low-cost legal services, and lawyer referral services.
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