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The Massachusetts Sentencing Commission was established in April, 1994, by the “truth in sentencing” law, Chapter 432 of the Acts of 1993. The provisions creating the commission and establishing its mandates were revised and codified as M.G.L. c. 211E. The commission consists of fifteen members, including three judges, three prosecutors, and three defense counsel, along with representatives from the Executive Office of Public Safety, the Massachusetts Sheriff’s Association, the Department of Correction, the Parole Board, the Office of the Commissioner of Probation, and the Victim Witness Assistance Board. The commission members were appointed in the spring of 1994 and held their first organizational meeting in June, 1994.
The Probate and Family Court, the Massachusetts Justice Project and collaborators today announced the availability of a new online resource that will help self-represented litigants more easily complete court forms in child support cases. The other partners are the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute; South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc.; and the Trial Court Access to Justice Initiative.
With the help of a Technology Initiative Grant from the Legal Services Corporation, the Massachusetts Justice Project, in collaboration with the Probate & Family Court and the other partners, has created a series of free online interviews that help self-represented litigants accurately complete the court forms needed to file cases seeking establishment, enforcement or modification of a child support order, or an Answer to any of these complaints.
The interviews, supporting educational videos and written content can be accessed at http://www.masslegalhelp.org/legal-forms. Users proceed through a series of questions, and the answers to the questions are used to prepare forms and instructions. A Spanish translation of these interviews will be available this summer.
“Making sure children receive financial support from their parents is one of the most important types of cases the Probate and Family Court hears,” said Probate and Family Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey. “Creating this online resource in collaboration with the Massachusetts Justice Project and others will improve access to the court for parents in child support cases, increasing the likelihood that children get the financial support they need,”
Each year, thousands of litigants unable to afford an attorney seek to represent themselves in the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court. Online interviews allow self- represented litigants to quickly and accurately prepare essential legal forms via an easily accessible online interface.
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