DENIS P. BERGIN

Attorney at Law

The Courts remain open during this crisis.  However, contact this office before you go to Court.

ACCESS TO COURT

In-person access to court is limited to emergency matters (not practical or inconsistent with the protection of constitutional rights) that cannot be resolved through video conference or telephonic hearing.  Order of SJC of March 17, 2020.

ON PROBATION?

If you have a Criminal matter and are on probation, keep a copy of your contact or attempts to contact the Probation Office and copy this office. If you have a Criminal matter and owe fines and fees, pay these fines or fees online at www.masscourts.org.  If you cannot pay, note that payment is now deferred until  June 1, 2020 and the payment due dates are extended until June 30, 2020. This will not extend any probation. District Court Standing Order 5-20 (April 28, 2020).

HOW LONG?

The Orders from various Courts talk of continuance of these practices until at least June 1, 2020.  Contact this office if you are in doubt.  The Website will also be kept current.

"It is neither desirable nor is it remotely likely that civil liberty will occupy as favored a position in wartime as it does in peacetime. But it is both desirable and likely that more careful attention will be paid by the courts to the basis for the government's claims of necessity as a basis for curtailing civil liberty.  The laws will thus not be silent in time of war, but they will speak with a somewhat different voice." 

- William H. Rehnquist, All The Laws But One, (1998) pages 224-225.

"Only by zealously guarding the rights of the most humble, the most unorthodox and the most despised among us can freedom flourish and endure in our land." - Associate Justice Frank Murphy

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