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Hampden County
Bar Association
P.O. Box 559 ยท 50 State Street
Springfield, MA 01102-0559

Telephone: (413) 732-4660
Facsimile: (413) 732-6882

SJC & Court Announcements

Probate Court Changes to MUPC Estate Administration Forms

The Probate and Family Court ("Court") announces the availability of fill-able versions of new and revised MUPC Estate forms. The forms and all instructions are now available on the Court's website
Effective April 15, 2016, the Court will require the use of the new and revised forms, including in cases initiated before April 15, 2016. The Court will accept for filing "pre-April 15, 2016" for a two week grace period.  Click here more information.

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Amendment to Rule 26 of the Massachusetts Rules of Civil Procedure

The Supreme Judicial Court has approved an amendment to Rule 26 of the Massachusetts Rules of Civil Procedure, effective July 1, 2016.  See attached.  Click here for more details.   

The amendment to Rule 26 will not impact domestic relations cases unless and until a change is made to Rule 26 of the Massachusetts Rules of Domestic Relations Procedure.  The amendment will impact probate and equity actions.  See G. L. c. 215, s. 6 and Rules 1 and 27A of the Supplemental Rules of the Probate and Family Court.

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Holyoke District Court Notice

Please be advised that effective immediately, the Holyoke District Court will ensure that District/Municipal Courts Rule 4(c) be followed.  This rule provides in relevant part: 

“Prior to submission to the court of a tender of plea or admission or a request for other disposition, and if the proposed dispositional terms involve any probationary terms or conditions, the parties shall consult with the probation department, so as to enable the probation department to be heard as may be required by the court at the time the court considers the tendered plea or admission.”

Prior to the submission of a plea that involves probationary terms or conditions, please make sure that in advance they have had an opportunity to be consulted.  The Court will not accept tender of pleas that have not consulted with the Probation Department.  

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation.  

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Springfield District Court Summer Jury Trial Schedules


Presiding Judge William J. Boyle has announced that the Springfield District Court will adopt the following modifications to the Trial Session's calendar during the summer months:

July 5 - September 2, 2016

  • Per order of the Administrative Office of the Trial Court, no jurors will be summonsed for Fridays. Additionally, there will be no jurors summonsed for the Springfield District Court the weeks beginning July 4, July 18, August 22, and August 29.
  • Civil Cases currently assigned trial dates for this period shall remain on the trial list.  Cases newly electing a trial shall be given a date after September 6, 2016.
  • The number of criminal matters scheduled for trial during the viable periods noted above shall not exceed 10 per day.  All preferences and considerations, of course, will go to any defendant in custody

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