Massachusetts Appellate Procedure Rule 5: Report of a Case for Determination
A report of a case for determination by an appellate court shall for all purposes under these rules be taken as the equivalent of a notice of appeal. Whenever a case or any part of it is reported after decision or verdict, the aggrieved party (as designated by the lower court) shall be treated as the appellant. Whenever a case or any part of it is reported without decision or verdict, the plaintiff in a civil action or the defendant in a criminal case shall be treated as the appellant. The clerk of the lower court shall serve notice of the filing of the report by mailing a copy thereof to counsel of record for each party; or if a party is not represented by counsel, to the party at his last known address.
Amended May 15, 1979, effective July 1, 1979.