Massachusetts District/Municipal Courts Supplemental Rules of Civil Procedure
Rule 100: Scope of Rules
These rules contain (1) rules supplementary to the District/Municipal Courts Rules of Civil Procedure and (2) rules governing particular civil proceedings not governed by the District/Municipal Courts Rules of Civil Procedure. They are applicable in the District Courts and the Municipal Court of the City of Boston. Every reference to the District Courts shall include within its meaning the Municipal Court of the City of Boston except as otherwise stated.
Unless a contrary intent appears, the word clerk as used in these rules shall include any assistant clerk, clerk pro tempore, or assistant clerk pro tempore; the word plaintiff shall include petitioner; the word defendant shall include respondent; and the word attorney or counsel shall include a party appearing or acting for himself.