Rules of Court

An official publication from one of the Massachusetts courts. You have the option to denote draft, working draft, proposed, and future effective Rules of Court in addition to current Rules.

Summary

A Rules of Court page is a formal, official law or set of laws from one of the Courts in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, including standing orders, court rulings, or evidence guides.

Overview tab

Title

The official title of the Rules of Court, displayed at the top of the page.

Subheading

A short description displayed directly below the page title.

Type

Select the specific kind of rule from a dropdown list. If the type you need is not in the list, you can ask us to add it using a ServiceNow request.

Standing order

An optional dropdown field to denote if the Rules of Court is a standing order, and if so, which kind.

Status

An optional field to denote if the Rules of Court is a draft, working draft, proposed, or has a future effective date.

Courts

List the specific Massachusetts courts that the Rules of Court is related to. This is an optional field.

Overview

A short description of the Rules of Court that will appear before the page’s main content. This is a rich text field that can contain any combination of formatted text, hyperlinks, and images. This is an optional field, but if no overview is entered you must have either a download or at least 1 section.

Listing description

An optional short description that will be displayed in Mass.gov search and if the Rules of Court is included in any Curated Lists. Content entered into this field will not be displayed anywhere on the Rules of Court page.

Label(s)

Optional: Choose an existing label or create a new 1 so that your Rules of Court can become part of an automatic list within a Curated List.

Be sure to create specific labels. The label field is shared across the whole site, so your label should be unique and identifiable to prevent overlap with others

Organization(s)

The organization or organizations that are responsible for publishing and maintaining the page on Mass.gov. This field will determine the links in the “Offered by” relationship indicator at the top of the page, as well as which organization the page is categorized under in the CMS backend.

Intended audience

Choose the audience this content is intended for. This information will help measure how well these audiences are being served and won't be displayed on the public-facing site. This is currently only for internal use.

Details tab

Adopted date

An optional field indicating the date the Rules of Court was officially adopted. This date does not necessarily have to be the date the page was published. If entered, the adopted date will appear directly underneath the page title.

Effective date

An optional field indicating the date the Rules of Court became effective. If entered, the effective date will appear directly underneath the page title.

Referenced sources

Link to any Massachusetts laws or any other legal documents that are cited within the Rules of Court. You can enter content from Mass.gov using the autocomplete field, or copy and paste an external link. External links must begin with “http://” or "https://". Referenced sources will appear at the top of the page underneath the adopted and effective dates.

Updates

An optional autocomplete field to link any developments or amendments concerning the Rules of Court. You may want to use the updates section to link to a press release noting the rule became official, for example. Any updates entered will appear directly underneath the page title, below referenced sources and adopted and effective dates.

Section

If you are listing the full text of the Rules of Court, you can enter the content in separate sections. Each separate section requires a section title, which will automatically be listed in a clickable table of contents under the short description, and a body, which is a rich text field that can contain any combination of formatted text, links, and images. You can change the order of sections by clicking and dragging or by using row weights.

Footnotes

List any footnotes referenced, with each preceded by a number matching a superscript number in a section. Footnotes are not linked.

Download

Offer a link to a document with the full regulation. You can add a new document or link to one that has already been uploaded to the CMS.

Related tab

Contact

Include contact information if this information needs to be displayed on the page. You can choose from an existing contact information item or create one.

Add links to pages on Mass.gov or external links. These links display on the right side of the page in a desktop view and at the bottom on mobile devices.

If your Rules of Court page is part of a larger collection, you can use this optional field to create a relationship indicator link at the top of the page.

A related collection relationship indicator link will appear at the top of your page.