If you can not
afford court fees and expenses
for appeals and other matters
you should file as indigent and
the state is required to waive
these fees. See thread below and
also "Legal Resources"
Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2005 12:02
Subject: DSS Tyranny
I just left
the Superior Courthouse in Fall
River, MA and am mad as hell because
I cannot afford to file a complaint
to appeal DSS's decision that I
abused & neglected my daughter.
They have no evidence except her
mother's word which is a lie. But
alas, I will not be able to pay
the $275 plus $40 to serve DSS with
the complaint within the 30 day
time period. Is there any way to
fight this, it seems so unfair what
is going on. My tax dollars fund
DSS who falsely accuse me, then
I cannot pay for my defense??????
The letter that DSS sent me has
names at the top (Mitt Romney, Kerry
Healy, Ronald Preston, Lewis H.
Spence) so I am going to go down
the list and write them all but
I doubt that it will do me any good.
stumble over the truth, but most
of them pick themselves up and hurry
off as if nothing ever happened."
-Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock
Holmes: The Sign of Four)
If you can not afford it,
Just file a form for Indigency
with your complaint. There is some
dollar amount above which you can
not earn and it should be listed
in the registers office. Find out
the Dollars BEFORE you fill out
the form; otherwise you waste your
time. Then your complaint
is free. The Court will also
have it served by the Sheriff Department
for FREE for you.
I have filed
dozens of complaints successfully
using this approach.
You should also
file an appeal form. I don't
know much on this DSS process,
but at least get an appeal listed
in the records. Otherwise it looks
like you agreed with it.
I have gotten screwed before
by not filing an appeal on the original
charge; however that was a M209A
P has knowledge he can share to
help you. He has been fighting the
system concerning his girls.
Bill From VA
You can find
domestic relations information
in there that may be applicable
in your case.
Here are the
appellate rules specifically.
You will need
to conform to the filing procedures
listed. Also, a Motion for Suspension
of Fees Due to Indigency or other
equivalent needs to be filed along
with an Affidavit I believe.