Updates From the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Court System Response to COVID-19: Provides links to Daily Court Updates and Orders of the Supreme Judicial Court, Appeals Court, District Court, Housing Court, Juvenile Court and Land Court
Juvenile Court Standing Order 1-21: Emergency court operations under the exigent circumstances created by COVID-19, issued Jan. 5, 2021, effective Jan. 11, 2021.
Joint Memo Clarifying Key Health and Safety Requirements for Schools, Aug. 18, 2020
Mass Dept of Elementary and Secondary Education and Mass Dept of Public Health
Temporary Court Investigator and GAL Guidelines and Procedures, Administrative Office of the Juvenile Court, Updated June 1, 2020.
Update on Court Operations in Light of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic, Executive Office Transmittal 20-15, from Chief Justice of the Trial Court Paula M. Carey and Court Administrator Jonathan S. Williams
Emergency Regulations for Residential Programs, Congregate Care & Shelter Providers
On April 16, Governor Baker issued an Executive Order giving The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) the ability to provide regulatory relief to licensed residential providers in order to ensure that programs operate under protocols that prevent the spread of COVID-19 while maintaining the health and safety of children and staff. As such, all existing residential and placement programs may now abide by updated Health & Safety Protocols and Minimum Requirements for Operating Licensed Residential Programs.
Updates From CPCS
Please note that this Guide is a work in progress. Video hearings are new to many of us at CAFL. We are learning more and more each week thanks to input from attorneys in the field as to what is happening in the courts, what is working, and what is not working. We will amend this Guide as we get more and better information from practitioners. Please feel free to send your comments and any proposed edits to Andy Cohen, Director of Appellate Panel, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updates from DCF
DCF Interim Guidances for COVID-19
DCF has issued a number of Guidances on operational changes made due to COVID-19 for staff, providers, families, and foster parents.
DCF Agency Update, May 15, 2020 provides pre and post pandemic statistics
Letter to DCF Families from Commissioner Linda S. Spears
Letter to DCF Families in Cape Verdean Creole
Letter to DCF Families in Chinese
Letter to DCF Families in Haitian Creole
Letter to DCF Families in Portuguese
Letter to DCF Families in Spanish
CPCS CLE Requirement-Emergency Policy Change-FY 2020 Only
To receive credit for an approved webinar download and send an attendance certificate, if one is available, or an e-mail with your BBO#, the title and date of the webinar and # of viewing hours to Rita Caso, email@example.com. If there is a webinar you would like to have approved for credit please send the link to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Advocating for Kinship Placement during the COVID-19 Pandemic,
Andrew Cohen and Cathy Krebs, American Bar Association
Shut Down DCF’s homeless pipeline,
Commonwealth, May 17, 2020
Boston Bar Association Guide to Virtual Hearings at the Boston Municipal Court and District Courts for Practitioners
Boston Bar Association Guide to Virtual Hearings for
Practitioners in Probate Matters