News from the courts/agencies

Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016
Update on public access to court records; Statement of Chief Judge Jeffrey R. Howard regarding Judge Conrad K. Cyr
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Update on public access to court records

The "set up" for remote search by docket number of criminal cases on the public portal in the Superior Court Department has been completed.

The three criminal case types - Indictment, Criminal Complaint, and Probation Transfer are now available at www.masscourts.org. Cases can be searched by docket number or by date range, limited to any period of time where the date range is 30 days or less. A search by name is not allowed for these three case types.

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Statement of Chief Judge Jeffrey R. Howard regarding Judge Conrad K. Cyr

The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit mourns the death of Judge Conrad K. Cyr and expresses deepest sympathy to his family and friends. Judge Cyr was a fair and compassionate jurist, who will be tremendously missed by his
colleagues on the federal bench, as well as by the bar and the public.

Judge Cyr dedicated the majority of his career to serving the federal judiciary. He was a bankruptcy judge for the District of Maine from 1973 to 1981, when he was appointed to the United States District Court for the District of Maine, where he served until 1989. In 1989, Judge Cyr was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Judge Cyr
assumed senior status in 1997 and continued to serve the Court of Appeals as a senior judge until his retirement in 2008.

Judge Cyr's colleagues celebrate his extraordinary legal intellect and approachable spirit. A man with a deep love of the law and of his home state of Maine, Judge Cyr succeeded in personally engaging with his colleagues and the public. "Judge Cyr was not only an exceptional judge," Chief Judge Jeffrey R. Howard stated, "but also a wonderful friend. His dedication to justice and to his country has left an indelible mark on the legal system and on this nation."