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 Generally Applicable Rules and Formatting Requirements

 United States District Court
 District of Massachusetts

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 Privacy and Redaction

Private Information Redaction Requirements

Unless the court orders otherwise, in an electronic or paper filing with the court that contains an individual s social-security more...   

(1) the last four digits of the social-security number and taxpayer-identification number; more...

(2) the year of the individual s birth; more...

(3) the minor s initials; and more...

(4) the last four digits of the financial-account number. . more...

Exemptions from the Redaction Requirement

The redaction requirement does not apply to the following: more...

(1) a financial-account number that identifies the property allegedly subject to forfeiture in a forfeiture proceeding; more...

(2) the record of an administrative or agency proceeding; more...

(3) the official record of a state-court proceeding; more...

(4) the record of a court or tribunal, if that record was not subject to the redaction requirement more...

(5) a filing covered by Rule 5.2(c) or (d); and more...

(6) a pro se filing in an action brought under 28 U.S.C. 2241, 2254, or 2255. more...

Filings Made Under Seal

The court may order that a filing be made under seal without redaction.The court may later unseal the filing or order the person who made the filing to file a more...

For more information regarding filing documents under seal, District of Massachusetts SmartRules procedural guide: MOTION TO FILE UNDER SEAL. more...

Protective Orders

For good cause, the court may by order in a case: more...

(1) require redaction of additional information; or more...

(2) limit or prohibit a nonparty s remote electronic access to a document filed with the court. more...

For more information regarding obtaining a protective order, District of Massachusetts SmartRules procedural guide: MOTION FOR PROTECTIVE ORDER. more...

Option for Additional Unredacted Filing Under Seal

A person making a redacted filing may also file an unredacted copy under seal. The court must retain more...

For more information regarding filing documents under seal, District of Massachusetts SmartRules procedural guide: MOTION TO FILE UNDER SEAL. more...

Option for Filing a Reference List

A filing that contains redacted information may be filed together with a reference list that identifies each item more...

For more information regarding filing documents under seal, District of Massachusetts SmartRules procedural guide: MOTION TO FILE UNDER SEAL. more...

Waiver of Protection of Identifiers

A person waives the protection of Rule 5.2(a) as to the person s own information by filing it without redaction more...

Redact All Personal Identifiers

Parties must refrain from including, or must redact where inclusion is necessary, the following personal data identifiers from more...

Social Security Numbers

If an individual's social security number must be included in a pleading or other publicly filed paper, only more...

Names of Minor Children

If the involvement of a minor child must be mentioned in a pleading or other publicly filed paper, more...

Dates of Birth

If an individual's date of birth must be included in a pleading or other publicly filed paper, only more...

Financial Account Numbers

If financial account numbers are relevant, only the last four digits of these numbers should be included in more...

. ECF Administrative Procedures K. more...

Unredacted Filings Under Seal

A party that wishes to file a document containing the personal identifiers generally restricted by this Local Rule more...

Parties Are Responsible

The responsibility for redacting these personal identifiers rests solely with counsel and the parties. The clerk will not more...

 First Page

Caption

Every paper filed with the Court must contain a caption setting forth the name of the Court, the more...

Request for Special Action

When a pleading or paper filed with the court includes a request for special process or relief, or more...

Double Spacing Required

All papers, except discovery requests and responses, must be double-spaced. However, the identification of counsel, title of the case, footnotes, quotations, and exhibits need not be double-spaced. more...

General Form of Pleadings

When filed by paper, each document must be "adapted for flat filing," and must be on paper of more...

Electronic Titling

Electronically-filed pleadings must be titled in accordance with the dictionary of civil events of the court's ECF system. more...

 Exhibits

Affidavits and Other Evidence

Affidavits and other documents setting forth or evidencing facts on which the motion is based must be filed more...

Attachments to Filings and Exhibits

Unless otherwise ordered by the court, attachments must be filed in accordance with the ECF User Manual, which more...

The filing user may submit only relevant excerpts of referenced documents, and that excerpted material must be cleary more...

Additional Copies for Special Proceeding

If because of the nature of a proceeding additional copies of a paper required to be filed are more...

 Signature

Signature

Every pleading, written motion, and other paper must be signed by at least one attorney of record in more...

Signature on Electronic Documents

The user log-in and password required to submit documents to the ECF system serve as the ECF user's more...

Multiple Signatures

If a document requires more than one signatory, it must contain each signatory's name with a "/s/" block more...

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