Massachusetts Law About Time
MGL c.4, s.7: Definition of statutory terms; Statutory construction. "Nineteenth, "Month'' shall mean a calendar month, except that, when used in a statute providing for punishment by imprisonment, one "month'' or a multiple thereof shall mean a period of thirty days or the corresponding multiple thereof; and "year'', a calendar year."
MGL c.4, s.9: Time for performance of acts performable on Sunday or holiday. "Except as otherwise provided, when the day or the last day for the performance of any act, including the making of any payment or tender of payment, authorized or required by statute or by contract, falls on Sunday or a legal holiday, the act may, unless it is specifically authorized or required to be performed on Sunday or on a legal holiday, be performed on the next succeeding business day."
MGL c.4, s.10: Daylight Saving Time
15 USC 260-267: Time. Federal law covering time zones and daylight saving time.
Mass. Rules of Appellate Procedure Rule 14: Computation and Extension of Time
District Court Time Standards (Standing Orders 1-04 -4-04)
Housing Court Time Standards (Standing Order 1-04)
Juvenile Court Time Standards (Standing Order 1-04)
Land Court Time Standards (Standing Order 1-04)
Probate and Family Court Scheduling Practices and Procedures, effective April 15, 2010.
Superior Court Criminal Case Management (Standing Order 2-86: amended) effective after Sept. 8, 2009.
Bemis v. Leonard, 118 Mass. 502 (1875). "In this Commonwealth, the general rule, as applied in a variety of circumstances, and now well established, is, that in computing time from the date, or from the day of the date, or from a certain act or event, the day of the date is to be excluded, unless a different intention is manifested by the instrument or statute under which the question arises."
Booker v. Chief Engineer of the Fire Department of Woburn, 324 Mass. 264 (1949). "The word 'day' when not qualified means a calendar day...And a calendar day is the space of time that elapses between two successive midnights."
Com. v. Melo, 65 Mass.App.Ct. 674, 843 NE2d 659 (2006). Defendant challenged length of incarceration, arguing that the extra days in leap years must be counted. The court determined that "Simply stated, the defendant was sentenced to a term of years, not to a term of days or months, and a calendar year is one year of the defendant's sentence regardless of the number of days which comprises any particular year."
Stevenson v. Donnelly, 221 Mass. 161 (1915). "In computing any period of time less than a week, Sunday is to be excluded ." Also: unless there is specific evidence to the contrary, days means full days and not "a projection of the exact hour of the first day permitted by the earlier statute to the same hour" on the final day.
Thayer v. Felt, 21 Mass. 354 (1856). Where a time period is longer than one week, Sundays are counted unless they are expressly excluded.
Thornton v. Civil Service Commission, 80 Mass.App.Ct. 441 (2011). The requirement for a hearing prior to a suspension of more than five days in the civil service laws, MGL c.31, s.41, "we conclude that the words "a period of five days" must be read... to describe a single, continuous period covering five twenty-four hour days."
Official US Time. Find out what time it is right now anywhere in the country.
When Does Daylight Time Begin and End?, US Naval Observatory. Provides the dates of the change, links to the laws, and a brief history.