§ 1 Justices of the peace; enumeration of fees
§ 2 Fees of clerks of district and Boston municipal court departments in civil actions
§ 3 Special justices
§ 3A Child support collection services; fee
§ 4 Fees of clerks of supreme judicial, county and appeals courts
§ 4A Clerks of superior court department
§ 4B Uniform schedule of fees
§ 4C Surcharge on filing fees
§ 5 Copies provided by clerks
§ 6 Record of judgment; additional fees
§ 7 Manner of collection
§ 8 Sheriffs, deputy sheriffs and constables; enumeration of fees
§ 8A Annual accounts of deputy sheriffs and constables
§ 9 Process; service; return by mail
§ 10 Conveyance; necessity of certificate
§ 11 Leaving copy of writ
§ 12 Deputy sheriff; attendance upon meetings of county commissioners
§ 13 Precepts for elections; subpoenas of general court; service
§ 14 Arrest on mesne process and supplementary proceedings
§ 15 Copies of process
§ 16 Service of process issued by land court
§ 17 Execution of ejectment; service
§ 18 Officers; duty to specify items of fees
§ 19 Endorsement of fees; certificate of use of conveyance; penalty
§ 20 Search for person named in process
§ 21 Criminal cases; allowance of expenses
§ 22 Attendance upon certain courts
§ 23 Examination of sureties; approval of bonds
§ 24 Bail fees; persons authorized to take bail; restrictions
§ 25 Compensation of jurors
§ 26 Inquests; service of process
§ 27 Juvenile offenders; officer as a witness
§ 29 Witness fees
§ 30 Witness held in jail
§ 31 Appraisers; compensation
§ 32 Interpreters and nonresident witnesses
§ 33 Witnesses in delinquency cases
§ 34 Town clerks; enumeration of fees
§ 35 Marriages
§ 36 Certification
§ 37 Records or papers; examination
§ 38 Registers of deeds’ enumeration of fees
§ 39 Land court; numeration of fees
§ 40 Registers of probate and family court; enumeration of fees
§ 40A Child support collection services; fee
§ 41 Notaries public; enumeration of fees
§ 42 Commissioners in other states; enumeration of fees
§ 43 Construction
§ 44 Copies
§ 44A Certified copies of vital records; exemption
§ 45 Page defined
§ 46 List of fees; manner of posting
§ 46A Copies of records concerning veterans; furnishings without charge
§ 47 Criminal cases; return of expense under oath
§ 48 Criminal cases; service of several processes on single defendant; allowance of fees
§ 49 Mittimus; fees for issuance or service; limitations
§ 50 Salaried officers; limitation on acceptance of fees; penalty
§ 51 Criminal cases; additional fees and expenses
§ 53 Attendance of police officers on vacation, furlough or day off as witnesses; criminal or juvenile cases
§ 53A Police officers as witnesses outside place of residence; criminal, juvenile or superior courts
§ 53B Witness fees of uniformed members of department of state police
§ 53C Compensatory time off to police officers
§ 55 Railroad police
§ 56 Witness fees of public officers; disallowance
§ 57 Public officers as witnesses; allowance of expenses
§ 58 Penalty
§ 59 Witness in multiple criminal cases; apportionment of fees
§ 60 Witnesses’ fees; refusal in certain cases
§ 61 Witness certificates; purchase of orders, etc., by officers prohibited
§ 62 False certificates of witnesses; penalty
§ 63 Delinquent magistrate; refusal of fees
§ 64 Complainant; refusal of fees

Terms Used In Massachusetts General Laws > Chapter 262

  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Appellate: About appeals; an appellate court has the power to review the judgement of another lower court or tribunal.
  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • Attachment: A procedure by which a person's property is seized to pay judgments levied by the court.
  • Bail: Security given for the release of a criminal defendant or witness from legal custody (usually in the form of money) to secure his/her appearance on the day and time appointed.
  • Clerk of court: An officer appointed by the court to work with the chief judge in overseeing the court's administration, especially to assist in managing the flow of cases through the court and to maintain court records.
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Continuance: Putting off of a hearing ot trial until a later time.
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Deed: The legal instrument used to transfer title in real property from one person to another.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Deposition: An oral statement made before an officer authorized by law to administer oaths. Such statements are often taken to examine potential witnesses, to obtain discovery, or to be used later in trial.
  • Docket: A log containing brief entries of court proceedings.
  • Dower: A widow
  • Equitable: Pertaining to civil suits in "equity" rather than in "law." In English legal history, the courts of "law" could order the payment of damages and could afford no other remedy. See damages. A separate court of "equity" could order someone to do something or to cease to do something. See, e.g., injunction. In American jurisprudence, the federal courts have both legal and equitable power, but the distinction is still an important one. For example, a trial by jury is normally available in "law" cases but not in "equity" cases. Source: U.S. Courts
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Fiduciary: A trustee, executor, or administrator.
  • Foreclosure: A legal process in which property that is collateral or security for a loan may be sold to help repay the loan when the loan is in default. Source: OCC
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Habeas corpus: A writ that is usually used to bring a prisoner before the court to determine the legality of his imprisonment. It may also be used to bring a person in custody before the court to give testimony, or to be prosecuted.
  • Indictment: The formal charge issued by a grand jury stating that there is enough evidence that the defendant committed the crime to justify having a trial; it is used primarily for felonies.
  • Injunction: An order of the court prohibiting (or compelling) the performance of a specific act to prevent irreparable damage or injury.
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Juror: A person who is on the jury.
  • Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
  • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Mortgage: The written agreement pledging property to a creditor as collateral for a loan.
  • Oath: A promise to tell the truth.
  • Personal property: All property that is not real property.
  • Plaintiff: The person who files the complaint in a civil lawsuit.
  • Power of attorney: A written instrument which authorizes one person to act as another's agent or attorney. The power of attorney may be for a definite, specific act, or it may be general in nature. The terms of the written power of attorney may specify when it will expire. If not, the power of attorney usually expires when the person granting it dies. Source: OCC
  • Probate: Proving a will
  • Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
  • Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
  • Summons: Another word for subpoena used by the criminal justice system.
  • Temporary restraining order: Prohibits a person from an action that is likely to cause irreparable harm. This differs from an injunction in that it may be granted immediately, without notice to the opposing party, and without a hearing. It is intended to last only until a hearing can be held.
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • Tort: A civil wrong or breach of a duty to another person, as outlined by law. A very common tort is negligent operation of a motor vehicle that results in property damage and personal injury in an automobile accident.
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • Trustee: A person or institution holding and administering property in trust.
  • Writ: A formal written command, issued from the court, requiring the performance of a specific act.