The lawmaking process is laid out in our Constitution and the rules adopted by the General Court. The resulting laws—both Session Laws and General Laws—together make up the statutory law of the Commonwealth. Session Laws are chronological and General Laws are arranged by topic.
The Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) contains regulations promulgated by state agencies pursuant to the Administrative Procedures Act (M.G.L. c. 30A). Rules and regulations form part of the body of administrative law along with administrative orders and decisions.
The Massachusetts court system consists of the Supreme Judicial Court, the Appeals Court, the Executive Office of the Trial Court, the seven Trial Court departments, the Office of the Commissioner of Probation, and the Office of Jury Commissioner.
BRPC assists the thirty-two Berkshire cities and towns in community and economic development, community planning, data and information services, emergency preparedness planning, environmental and energy planning, regional services and transportation.