Appellate Practice Tools and Resources

Appellate Practice Tools and Resources

Appellate Packet for Trial Attorneys



** Please be aware that July 1, 2020, the new  Massachusetts Appeals Court Rules (not to be confused with the Rules of Appellate Procedure) went into effect.  A CAFL Appellate Panel Summary can be found here: Summary of July 2020 M.A.C. Rules


CAFL Appellate Panel Certification Training

(Please note: Due to COVID-19 concerns, this training will be an online webinar taking place over four days in April 2021)

Now accepting applications

CAFL is now accepting applications for the spring 2021 CAFL Appellate Panel Certification Training.  The training will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on April 5, April 8, April 13, and April 16, 2021 via live webinar. There will also be a short training orientation via Zoom on April 1, 2021 from 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Due to the format of this training, space is limited.   The agency actively seeks to diversify its private attorney panel membership.

For more information about the training and to download the application, click here: CAFL appellate panel recruitment notice & application- 2021 training


The Law

CAFL Appellate Practice

CAFL Administration

Appellate Bulletins and Other Releases

Brief-Writing Tips


In Order of Appearance in an Appellate Brief

General Writing Tips (Grammar, Punctuation, Etc.) (with lots of CAFL appellate examples)

Training Materials, Models, Research


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