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Law: QuickStart Guide

This guide is intended to serve as a starting point for finding legal information and is intended for public library users and librarians.


Do you have a LAW QUESTION???  Ask a law librarian. 

ALSO: Dial-a-Lawyer for free, 5:30-7:30 pm on the 1st Wednesday of every month.  Coming up 2017: March 1 ; April 5 ; May 3 ; June 7 ; July 5 ; August 2 ; September 6 ; October 4 ; November 1 ; December 6

"To use Dial-A-Lawyer, call (617) 338-0610 on the first Wednesday of the month between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m."


What's New or Timely


From Newton Mayor Setti Warren's Newsletter 12/08/2017

Information on Weekend Snow for Newton Residents

Dear Resident,

Drivers should use caution when driving Saturday December 9th afternoon and evening, as there could be slippery conditions on the roads due to snow.

Residents should be aware of the following information:
  • There will be a parking restriction Sunday, December 10th, 1am - 8am. No cars can be parked on the street at this time.
  • Residents are encouraged to check for updates on the timing of snow emergencies, potential building closures, or any additional information related to the storm.
  • Any power outages should be reported to Eversource at 800-592-2000.
  • As always, emergencies should be reported by calling 911.
  • Please be reminded that City ordinance requires all residents to clear their sidewalk within 24 hours of the conclusion of the storm.

Massachusetts Bar Association's Dial-A-Lawyer offers free legal advice on the first Wednesday of each month.

December 6, 2017, January 3 and February 7, 2018

call (617) 338-0610 on the first Wednesday of the month between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries Document Delivery Service

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Bills in the news --Track Congress with

H.R.1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Click, then scroll down beneath the listing and look for the tabs in a row for text, actions, amendments and more.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Alert from the American Library Association about Net Neutrality to help you understand what it encompasses and what you can do to voice your opinion. See excerpt below.

"Last week, we highlighted a disturbing policy change that we had been anticipating for a while: Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Pai’s plan to roll back the net neutrality rules that require internet service providers to treat all internet traffic and services equally."

"We have set up an email tool so you can make your voice heard with your member of Congress in advance of the December 14 vote."

MASSterList.  News from Beacon Hill

New & Recent Published Opinions (and Lists of Unpublished Decisions): Newly published opinions and a list of unpublished opinions for judgments. 

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Reporter of Decisions: New and archived published and unpublished opinions

State Legislature Websites