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2013 CM/ECF eNotices



Please take note of the following news items:

AMENDMENTS TO THE RULES: Rules 37 and 45 of the Civil Rules of Procedure will be amended, effective December 1, 2013. The amended rules are attached to this message.

FEE SCHEDULE: The district court fee schedule will be revised as of December 1, 2013. The revised schedule will be posted to the court's website on December 1.

For your information, the revisions are: the fee for filing a Notice of Appeal will be $505; copying CM/ECF documents in the clerk's office will be $.50 per page; the fee for the retrieval of one box of records from the records center or other storage location will be $64, and the fee for each additional box (for retrievals involving multiple boxes) will be $39. All other fees remain the same.

CJA PLAN: On November 14, 2013, the First Circuit Judicial Council approved an amended version of the District of Massachusetts' Plan for Implementing the Criminal Justice Act of 1964. Here is a link to that notice.

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE: The Clerk's Office for the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts will be open for business Friday November 29, and every business day during the weeks of December 23 and December 30, except for Wednesday December 25 and Wednesday January 1. The court's electronic filing system (CM/ECF) will be available as usual.


September 30: Attached please find a press release regarding the Court's status in the event of a government shutdown on October 1, 2013.

Also, please be reminded that the deadline for submitting applications for the Court's Criminal Justice Act panel is October 11, 2013. The announcement may be found on the court website at

September 19: The following public notice and press release were issued today.

Public Notice: Local Rule 7.2 Impounded and Confidential Materials

Press Release: Impact of Sequestration

Please be reminded of these two recent announcements:

Public Notice: Reappointment of United States Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler

Public Notice: Criminal Justice Act Board Announces Application Deadline for Boston and Worcester Panels

Announcing the Federal Bar Association's Worcester Luncheon Series

The Worcester division of the Federal Bar Association will be kicking off a bi-monthly lunchtime series of discussions with the judges on Wednesday, October 30, from 1:00-2 :00 p.m. at the Worcester federal courthouse, 595 Main Street, Worcester. Lunch will be provided and is free to FBA members, $10.00 for non-members. Space is limited, so rsvp IS requested by October 22 to Wendy Quinn: Please join us for lunch and discussions on a variety of topics of interest to practitioners in the federal court.

September 3: The U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts Criminal Justice Act Board will accept applications for approximately (30) positions on the present District Court panel list for appointment to indigent cases in Boston and for a limited number of positions on the Worcester panels. The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on October 11, 2013.

The notice and application may be found on our website at:


The Clerk's Office has posted these four announcements on our web site:

Public Notice regarding the Reappointment of Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler

Public Notice for the Appointment of a New Magistrate Judge:

Press Release - Judge Joseph L. Tauro to take Senior Status:

Press Release - Clerk of Court Selected

JUNE 2013

The Office of the Clerk now has a web page for Cases of Interest pending in this Court. The page may be found on the Case Information menu, at
This page is intended to provide information of particular public interest regarding certain cases pending in this Court.

Information for the public and the press will include matters such as access to the courthouse and available seating for scheduled public proceedings in the courthouse. NOTE: Not every case will have information under every item.

Please see the attached announcement from the Massachusetts Chapter of the Federal Bar Association about their upcoming Annual Judicial Reception.

MAY 2013

Magistrate Judge David H. Hennessy joined the bench in the Worcester division of this court on Monday May 6, 2013. Judge Timothy S. Hillman administered the oath of office. Judge Hennessy was accompanied by his wife, children and other family members.

Magistrate Judge Hennessy, 58, served as the Chief of the Worcester Branch in the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, and has served in that capacity since 2008. While serving in the Worcester Branch Office since July 1999, the cases he has tried include violations of federal tax, gun, drug and child protection laws.

In addition to serving as Chief of the Worcester Branch, Magistrate Judge Hennessy was an Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the Criminal Division in Washington, D.C. He supervised 175 Assistant United States Attorneys working in the Appellate Section, Fraud Section, Capital Case Unit and Gang Unit in Washington.

Magistrate Judge Hennessy also has served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York and served on the Enron Task Force. He was responsible for prosecuting in the Southern District of Texas crimes in connection with the collapse of Enron. He received the Award for Exceptional Service from the Attorney General for his work on the Enron Task Force. From 2012 until his appointment, Judge Hennessy served on the Capital Review Committee for the Attorney General, which makes recommendations on whether the Justice Department should seek the death penalty in death-eligible cases.

Magistrate Judge Hennessy is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law in New York, New York and the State University of New York, in Plattsburgh, New York. He is an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice Department of Quinsigamond Community College where he teaches Constitutional Law.

Attached please find an announcement from the Federal Bar Association about their annual Judicial Reception.

APRIL 2013

April 25: Please be advised that Judicial Conference, at its September 2012 session, approved an amendment to the District Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule, adding a $50 administrative fee for filing a civil action in a district court.

Effective May 1, 2013, all federal district courts will begin charging a $50 administrative fee for filing a civil action in a district court, in addition to the $350 filing fee, thereby increasing the total filing fee to $400.00. The administrative fee does not apply to applications for a writ of habeas corpus or to persons granted in forma pauperis status under 28 U.S.C. 1915.

The Federal Bar Association is hosting a reception for newly appointed Magistrate Judge David Hennessy on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 4:00 at the Donahue Federal Building and US Courthouse in Worcester. RSVP: Ken Pickering at

April 19: The Moakley Courthouse in Boston is closed today, Friday April 19. The courthouses in Worcester and Springfield are open for business as usual.

CM/ECF is available for all users.

Thank you

March 2013

March 28: Please see the attached press release concerning the retirement of Sarah Allison Thornton, Clerk of Court and the appointment of Robert M. Farrell as Acting Clerk of Court.

March 7: On Saturday, March 9, CM/ECF will be unavailable in order to upgrade the CM/ECF live database to version 6.1.

We expect that access will be restored by mid-afternoon.

Version 6.1 now has a mobile query. The attached document offers more information on this new function.


February 12: Please take notice of these two upcoming events:

1. The District Court will hold seminars on use of the electronic presentation equipment in each of the three divisions. Topics to be covered will include equipment compatibility, procedures for bringing electronic equipment into the courthouse, use of the document presentation equipment, integrated lectern and video conferencing equipment, techniques for using electronic equipment in front of a judge and jury; and JERS (Jury Evidence Recording System).

Attorneys are encouraged to bring their IT support staff to the seminar.

BOSTON: Thursday, February 28 at 4:00 p.m.; Courtroom 9, 3rd Floor Moakley Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Way, Boston

WORCESTER: Thursday, March 7 at 4:00 p.m.; Courtroom 2, 5th Floor Donahue Federal Building and US Courthouse. 595 Main Street, Worcester

SPRINGFIELD: Thursday, April 25 at 4:00 p.m.; Hampden Courtroom, US Courthouse, 300 State Street, Springfield

SEATING IS LIMITED: You may registe r to attend by contacting Ginny Hurley at 617-748-9166 or by email at

Please include which session you will be attending in your response.

2. The Federal Bar Association is hosting a welcome reception for Chief Judge Patti B. Saris on Wednesday February 27, 2013, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Moakley Courthouse. There is no cost to attend, but space is limited. Please RSVP to Lisa Tittemore, Esq. at

Additional information on both events may be found in the attached PDF.

February 8: Due to the expected extreme weather, all divisions of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts will be closing at 12:00PM today, Friday February 8, 2013.

CM/ECF will remain available for electronic filing.

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