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Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019
Housing Court to launch mandatory eFiling; Social Security Administration seeks fraud attorney

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Housing Court to launch mandatory eFiling

The Housing Court Department of the Trial Court of Massachusetts has announced that it will introduce mandatory eFiling for Small Claims and Summary Process for all attorneys on Jan. 27, 2020. This means that all attorney filings of these case types will no longer be accepted in person at the courthouse or via mail to the courthouse. Filings by self-represented or pro se litigants will still be accepted in person and via mail, though they are welcome to eFile as well. 

“Mandatory electronic filing of summary process and small claims case documents is a game changer for the Housing Court, which has six clerks' offices but holds sessions in 23 locations across the Commonwealth. It underscores the Trial Court’s mission to facilitate more efficient document filing and remote access across all departments as we continue to expand eFiling capabilities,” said Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey and Trial Court Administrator Jonathan S. Williams. 
 
In preparation for the launch, training on how to eFile will be offered to attorneys across all Housing Court divisions throughout the commonwealth, beginning Nov. 15 in Worcester and continuing through January 2020. Details on training session dates and locations are available online at the eFiling training page. This page will continue to be updated as additional training information is available. 
 
Questions should be directed to either the Administrative Office of the Housing Court Department at 617-788-6500 or by email to Keith Tan, Housing Court field coordinator, at keith.tan@jud.state.ma.us.
 
Click here for more information about how to eFile and here to initiate eFiling for court cases.

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Social Security Administration seeks fraud attorney

The Social Security Administration's Office of the General Counsel has an opening for a full-time fraud attorney in Concord, N.H.

Fraud attorneys provide comprehensive legal advice as they investigate criminal violations under Titles 18 and 42 of the United States Code, with the assistance of the Office of the Inspector General and other law enforcement agencies. In addition, fraud attorneys move Social Security fraud cases through all stages of the criminal judicial process, from indictments to sentencing.  

The posting for this permanent, excepted service position will close on Nov. 26. Contact Susan Cooney at susan.cooney@ssa.gov for the complete vacancy announcement.