§ 1 Authorization
§ 2 Order of intention; contents
§ 3 Order of intention; additional provisions; notice of adoption
§ 4 Petition to take property
§ 5 Answer
§ 6 Default judgments; appointment of guardians
§ 7 Hearing; judgment
§ 8 Arbitration of disputes; appointment of commissioners
§ 9 Redetermination of damages; procedure
§ 10 Final adjudication
§ 11 Abandonment or discontinuance of proceedings
§ 12 Transfer of property; interest transferred; payment of compensation
§ 13 Taxation of costs
§ 14 Assessment of improvements; assessment lien; effective date
§ 15 Application of sections controlling eminent domain and betterments; fees of guardians and commissioners
§ 16 Election to proceed under this chapter

Terms Used In Massachusetts General Laws > Chapter 80A - Eminent Domain Takings and Betterment Assessments by Judicial Proceedings

  • Affirmed: In the practice of the appellate courts, the decree or order is declared valid and will stand as rendered in the lower court.
  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • 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.
  • Interests: includes any form of membership in a domestic or foreign nonprofit corporation. See Massachusetts General Laws ch. 156D sec. 11.01
  • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
  • Summons: Another word for subpoena used by the criminal justice system.
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • Verdict: The decision of a petit jury or a judge.
  • Writ: A formal written command, issued from the court, requiring the performance of a specific act.