SJC Approves Pro Hac Vice Fee

Monday, May 7, 2012

The Supreme Judicial Court announced today that it had adopted a new Rule 3:15, establishing a fee for admission pro hac vice. The fees will be given to the IOLTA Committee for distribution through normal channels to legal assistance projects for low-income individuals and families. The new rule takes effect September 4, 2012.

The Access to Justice Commission proposed the rule to the Court in February.

The final rule provides that a lawyer admitted to practice in another jurisdiction, but not in Massachusetts, shall pay a $301 registration fee to the Board of Bar Overseers for permission to practice in Superior Court, the Land Court or any appellate court. The fee for registration in a case in the other departments of the Trial Court is only $101. Once the fee is paid, a Massachusetts lawyer moves the admission of the unadmitted lawyer.

To view the proposed new rule click here.