Worcester and Webcast Fri Jan 17 (snow date Jan 24): Housing Court eFiling Training, Procedural Updates, and Landlord/Attorney Feedback to the Court

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01/17/2020 12:00 PM - 01/17/2020 3:00 PM
Worcester Law Library
Address: 184 Main St, 3rd Floor, Worcester, MA 01608, USA

Housing Court staff including judges and clerks will give important procedural updates including a brief review of the case of Davis v Comerford and a review of housing court expansion (with many new hires). Attendees will also be trained on the new eFiling system for summary process (eviction) and small claims cases. eFiling in the Housing Court will be mandatory for attorneys effective January 27, 2020 and recommended for pro se landlords. Finally, attendees will have the option to give feedback on any issues that concern them. This event is open to all (renters, landlords, and attorneys welcome).

This event will be a joint public service by MassLandlords and Housing Court staff (no charge).

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This is the building, kitty-cornered diagonally across from the court (Image Google Street View; building is not falling over)
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Not in the court, turn around (Image Google Street View)
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This hidden gem of a meeting room worked great at our last court event in 2018, shown here

Attendees will not be getting legal advice. We'll be having a generic discussion in layperson's terms and covering procedural guidance and software training.

The event room has capacity for 104. If you can travel, it will be worth the effort. If traveling is not feasible, you can watch live from your home or office. See below for streaming details.

This special event is a great opportunity to learn from Housing Court staff, ask procedural questions in a safe space about how you run your business, and amend your practice before it becomes an issue. Reminder: we will not be giving out legal advice. Questions must be framed in a generic way, and must pertain to court procedure only.

This event will be live streamed free. Due to the cost of video storage and hosting, recordings after the fact will be made available only to members.

Panelists:

  • Jorge Ghazal – Administrative Attorney
  • Keith Tan – Field Coordinator
  • Caroline Quan – Performance analyst
  • Ben Adeyinka, Administrative Attorney
  • James Sharpe –eCourts Project Coordinator
 

Have you seen our Leave Stuff, Take Stuff Table?

Market your business, pick up handouts, give away an old doorknob. Everything goes on our first-come, first-served display table at all our events. Please bring business cards, brochures, coupons. And feel free to pick up your own uncollected marketing materials at the end. Everything not claimed end-of-event may be chucked.

 

Friday, January 17th (snow date Friday, January 24)

Meeting Agenda

  • 12:00pm Sign-in/Networking
    • This event will draw from Springfield to Boston, Attleboro to Lowell. It is not necessary to register in advance.
  • 12:30pm Opening Remarks by MassLandlords Executive Director Doug Quattrochi
  • 12:35pm Housing Court staff on Davis v Comerford, mandatory eFiling and usage of the software, questions and answers.
  • 2:30pm Networking or one-on-one questions
  • 3:00pm Doors close

Location

In Person: Worcester Law Library
184 Main St
Worcester, MA 01608

Getting There

Downtown Worcester has numerous paid garages and paid on-street parking. The cheapest, most readily available parking is the Worcester Public Library at 3 Salem St, half a mile away ($3 for three hours, credit card accepted). The closest parking is Court Park at Main St. and Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

This location is 0.7 miles from the MBTA commuter rail Worcester Union Station, Worcester/Framingham line.

Webinar Details

Due to technical difficulty (it looks like our networked video card was damaged in storage) the live stream is canceled. Recording of audio and video is still taking place, and the recording link will be posted here as soon as available.

https://zoom.us/j/959812090

Or iPhone one-tap :

US: +16468769923,,959812090# or +14086380968,,959812090#

Or Telephone:

Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

US: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 408 638 0968 or +1 669 900 6833

Webinar ID: 959 812 090

International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/aezzlVDnur

Video Recording: https://masslandlords.net/laws/housing-court/

Accessibility

This recently renovated public space is fully handicapped accessible.

Food

  • BYO sandwich or order in advance. Purchase of a meal ticket comes with sandwich, drink and cookie. No purchase necessary.

Pricing

Open to the public. Membership is not required!

Free without food. Registration is NOT required for in-person attendance. Previous event listings said registration was required, do not register. Just mark your calendar and come! You only need to register (and pay) if you want lunch.

$20 Lunch (from a different provider than last year)

This event is operated by MassLandlords staff. Check in with your MassLandlords ID card.

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