The Massachusetts Drivers’ Rights website provides basic information about two Massachusetts lawsuits that affect Massachusetts drivers: (1) Gillespie v. City of Northhampton (relating to parking ticket appeals), and (2) Salem Police Dept. v. Sullivan (relating to moving violation citation appeals). Both of these cases challenged Massachusetts laws which require exorbitant filing fees to get a court hearing to appeal tickets that have been issued to drivers. The two cases were heard together by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) on March 10, 2011.
Decisions have been handed down in each of these two cases by the SJC holding that these improper fees are not unconstitutional.
Efforts are underway to have the Mass. state legislature pass a bill, H1590, which would change the law relating to parking ticket appeals.