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Current happenings at the BCBA include:

Five Recognized with St. Thomas More Award at Red Mass in Fall River Diocese [PDF]


Law Day May 1, 2012.

Celebrations were at all 3 District Courts, Orleans, Barnstable and Falmouth.

Law Day 2012. Law Day 2012. Law Day 2012.

These photos were taken at the Barnstable District Court - The 3 Judges from left to right are: Superior Court Judge Robert C. Rufo, Probate and Family Court First Justice Robert A. Scandurra and our host First Justice of the Barnstable District Court W. James O'Neill. Our 3 happy winners are from left to right are: Aidan Kelly, Sonia Murphy and John Adams.


Scheduling Department at the Barnstable Probate and Family Court - April 29, 2011 [PDF]


Barnstable Probate and Family Court Chosen for New Pilot Program Regarding Abuse Prevention (209A) Orders [PDF]


Changes to Medical Certificate Form and New Probate and Family Court Standing Order and Uniform Practice Relative to Medical Certificates - November 19, 2010 [PDF]


Photos of some of the Barnstable County Bar Association Law Day poster and essay winners which was celebrated at the Barnstable District Court April 30, 2010. The Judge giving the awards to the children is Arthur C. Ryley, Associate Justice, Probate and Family Court.

Law day.Law day.


New Scheduling Practices
at the
Barnstable County Probate and Family Court

April 5, 2010

As many of you may know, on March 15, 2010 the Chief Justice of the Probate and Family Court announced the issuance of the Probate and Family Court Scheduling Practices and Procedures. These practices and procedures will begin in the Barnstable County Probate and Family Court on May 3, 2010. All Divisions of the Probate and Family Court are mandated to follow these new scheduling practices.

The major difference for the Barnstable Probate and Family Court is in the scheduling of Motions. Commencing May 3, 2010, lawyers and litigants shall no longer call the trial assignment department to schedule a Motion. Judge Scandurra and Judge Ryley will both hear Motions on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 8:30 a.m., and lawyers and Pro Se litigants shall choose the date of their Motion themselves, and schedule their Motion on a Monday, Thursday or Friday, provided that the proper notice has been given to the other side pursuant to the Rules of Procedure. The scheduling of the motion shall be accomplished by the moving party mailing a letter to the Court with the chosen date, with a copy of the letter being mailed to the opposing party. Please also note that if your case is scheduled for a Pre-Trial Conference (which are usually heard on Wednesdays) you may schedule a motion to be heard at the same time as the Pre-Trial Conference.

However, the Scheduling Practices do provide that in the discretion of the First Justice of the Court, an individual judge may from time to time as circumstances warrant, limit the number of Motions that may be scheduled on a particular day. In other words, there may be times when the number of Motions per day must be limited in order to ensure the allocation of sufficient time to adequately hear each case. This may mean that an attorney or litigant will be called by the trial assignment department requesting the parties to choose another Motion date. The lawyer or litigant scheduling the Motion will be encouraged by the Court to choose a mutually agreeable date with the opposing party.

Please note that dispositive Motions such as Motions for Summary Judgment and any other matters that will take longer than twenty minutes to hear, as well as any evidentiary hearings, must be scheduled by the Court. All other matters will continue to be scheduled by the Court as is presently the practice.

Again, this practice will begin in the Barnstable County Probate and Family Court on May 3, 2010. Please note that as there is a Judicial Conference on Thursday, May 13, 2010 and Friday, May 14, 2010, there will be no judges to hear cases on those dates.

A copy of the Probate and Family Court Scheduling Practices and Procedures will be posted on the Barnstable County Probate and Family Court website at www.barnstablecountypfc.com. At this time, the Registry of Probate Office is working on placing the calendar of Judge Scandurra and Judge Ryley on the Barnstable Probate and Family Court website. Once the calendar is placed on the website, this will be your source for selecting your Motion date.

Please feel free to call the trial assignment department if you have any questions at (508) 375-6711 or (508) 375-6719.

Robert A. Scandurra, First Justice Anastasia Welsh Perrino, Register


COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
THE TRIAL COURT PROBATE AND FAMILY COURT DEPARTMENT
POST OFFICE BOX 346
BARNSTABLE, MASSACHUSETTS 02630-0346
ANASTASIA WELSH PERRINO
Register of Probate
Office Tel (508) 375-6600

Dear Attorney:

As of July 1, 2009, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has increased the filing fees for many of the cases at the Barnstable Probate and Family Court. Although this is a very difficult time, we are obligated to charge these fees.

In addition, as of July 1, 2009, there is a new law pertaining to guardianship and conservatorship pursuant to Article V of the Uniform Probate Code. All of the previous forms concerning guardianship and conservatorship are now obsolete. The law has significantly changed.

A petitioner in a guardianship and/or conservatorship must now submit a Decree for the court to sign on or before the hearing. If the petitioner is requesting authority to consent to treatment for which a substituted judgment must be made, the petitioner must also submit findings for the court to sign.

The new fee schedule and all of the new guardianship and conservatorship forms including the decree forms may be found at the new Barnstable County Probate and Family Court website located at www.barnstablecountypfc.com. This website is a first for the Barnstable County Probate and Family Court.

The new guardianship and conservatorship forms continue to be updated by the trial court on a daily basis. I will do my best to keep the Barnstable Probate and Family Court website up to date. However, as the trial court continues to update the new guardianship and conservatorship forms on a daily basis, you may also want to review the forms at the trial court website at www.trialcourtweb/courtsandjudges/courts/probateandfamilycourt/upcforms.

As always, please feel free to call the office if you have any questions.

Sincerely - Anastasia Welsh Perrino, Register of Probate


Photos from the Barnstable County Bar Association Law Day, and Superior Court Sesquicentenial, celebration ceremonies held at the Barnstable Superior Court on May 1, 2009.

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CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERT A. MULLIGAN ISSUES NEW CHILD SUPPORT GUIDELINES FOR EFFECT JANUARY 1, 2009


The monthly meetings of the Executive Committee of the Barnstable County Bar Association are scheduled for the third Thursday of each month at 4:30 p.m. at the Barnstable Tavern.


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