Massachusetts Pro Hac Vice Counsel & Admission Rules

Massachusetts Pro Hac Vice Admission Rules & Lawyers

Pro Hac Vice Massachusetts


Is there a fee

Yes. Make checks payable to the Board of Bar Overseers. The fee is $355 for permission to practice in Superior Court, the Land Court, or any appellate court. For all other trial courts departments, the fee is $101.

What documents do I need?

You will need a Fee Cover Sheet, available at and a Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice and two Affidavits (one for local counsel and one for out-of-state counsel) following the guidelines set forth by G. L. c. 221, sec. 46A.

How do I apply?

Pay the fee to the Board of Bar Overseers and mail along with a Fee Cover Sheet. The Board of Bar Overseers will mail a receipt of payment within seven days of receipt. The payment is due before filing the Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice in the court where admission is sought. The Motion should state that the fee was paid.

Is local counsel required

Yes. The Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers requires pro hac vice applicants to retain local counsel in Massachusetts to practice pro hac vice before the Massachusetts courts. Local counsel can provide specific information about unique aspects of local practice that will assist you in representing your client.