WAIVERS OF TRAINING REQUIREMENTS
CPCS has instituted training requirements for certification in most categories of cases in order to assure that each attorney accepting assignments has the necessary information to provide quality representation. The training requirement is rarely waived.
A request for a waiver will be considered only if the applicant has exceptional experience in the field in which s/he seeks certification. The applicant requesting a waiver must submit a letter to the appropriate CPCS Certification Unit explaining in detail why the training requirement should be waived. The letter should describe the applicant's litigation experience, familiarity with practice and procedure of Massachusetts’ courts, and familiarity with the area of substantive law in which the waiver is sought. Information should be provided about cases in which the applicant has provided representation, including court, docket number, names of judges and opposing counsel, dates of court appearances, and a description of the issues in each. Specific cases describing the applicants utilization of expert witnesses should also be included. Information about specialized training courses the applicant has attended or taught should be provided, including the names, dates and sponsors of the training programs. Waiver of a training requirement is within the discretion of the Chief Counsel, who may consider any additional information he considers relevant.
CPCS MANUAL FOR ASSIGNED COUNSEL
The manual contains information regarding policies and procedures that attorneys who are certified to accept assignments through the Committee are required to follow. Manuals are available at all Bar Advocate Programs (see listing on page 17) and at the CPCS main office.