PRACTICES OF PROBATE COURTS
FOR COMPUTER GENERATED FORMS
- As Amended effective September 4, 2007
Preamble: This Uniform Practice governs the use of
computer-generated forms by counsel and parties.
Definition: For the purposes of this Uniform Practice
XXXIII, the "official form" shall be defined as either: (i) the
paper form promulgated and distributed by the Administrative Office of
the Probate and Family Court or (ii) the electronic form most recently
posted on the Massachusetts Judiciary web site,
approved by the Administrative Office of the Probate and Family Court.
I. Use. The Use of computer-generated forms is
hereby permitted, except where the Court blank ("official form") is a
multi-part form, such as the G.L. c. 209A Complaint for Protection from
A. Paper. Twenty-pound, 8 1/2 X 11, acid free
paper shall be used for all computer-generated forms. Acid free
paper is specified to ensure archival quality and permanence.
B. Paper and Ink Color. A computer-generated
form shall be printed with black ink on white paper.
C. Printing. All computer-generated forms shall
be printed with "letter quality" or "near letter quality" output.
"Draft" quality output is not acceptable.
III. Consequences of Failing to Follow These
Standards. The Register of Probate may reject any form that fails
to comply with these standards. In the event that a Register deems
a submitted form to be outside these standards, such determination may
be reviewed by the Chief Justice of the Probate and Family Court at the
request of the submitting counsel or party. It is the
responsibility of the submitting party to ensure that the form adheres
to the above standards. If the form is rejected, the submitting
party shall forfeit the filing fee. The submitting party-s
attorney shall not be allowed to pass this cost on to his/her client,
but shall bear the financial burden personally. Accordingly, the
submitting party's attorney shall either reimburse the client for the
forfeited fee or the attorney shall personally pay the filing fee when
he/she refiles the form.
Uniform Probate Practice XXXIII
- Adopted effective Jan. 1, 1992, Amendment effective September 4, 2007