Massachusetts Court Deadlines During “State of Emergency”

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Courthouses throughout Massachusetts closed on March 16, 2020 due to the state of emergency enacted by Governor Baker.

All courts are currently scheduled to reopen on June 1, 2020.

If you have a legal matter pending in Massachusetts, any deadlines imposed by statutory law or procedural rules are tolled until June 1.

According to the order from the Supreme Judicial Court,

Unless otherwise ordered by the applicable court, all deadlines set forth in statutes or court rules, standing orders, tracking orders, or guidelines that expired or will expire between March 16, 2020, and June 1, 2020, are tolled until June 1, 2020

The Court’s order then gives an example illustrating how the tolling is applied:

the new deadline in each instance is calculated as follows: determine how many days remained after March 16, 2020, until the original deadline, and that same number of days will remain as of June 1, 2020, until the new deadline. For example, if a rule set a thirty (30) day deadline and twelve (12) days remained after March 16 before that deadline was reached, then twelve (12) days will continue to remain as of June 1, before the new deadline is reached (i.e. June 15, because June 13 is a Saturday). If the thirty (30) day period commenced after March 16, then thirty (30) days remain as of June 1 before the new deadline is reached (i.e. July 1).

If you need legal representation, please contact me at justin@jrmccarthy.com

 

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