Home LORRAINE T. GOZZO vs. GERALD T. ANGLIN.

31 Mass. App. Ct. 936

October 15, 1991

Mark T. Collins for the defendant.

Under G. L. c. 218, Section 24, and Rule 4 of the Uniform Small Claims Rules (1983), as interpreted in Daum v. Delta Airlines, Inc., 396 Mass. 1013 (1986), the defendant was entitled to allowance of his motion to transfer this small claims case to the regular District Court docket. "[A] judge should rarely, if ever, exercise his discretion to prevent removal." Id. at 1014. In view of that strict standard for denial of a request for transfer to the regular docket, the judge should indicate why it is that the case falls into the exceptional category of those as to which removal may be denied. The record discloses no rationale for the District Court judge's denial of the motion to transfer the case to the regular civil docket. Compare Lyons v. Kinney Sys., Inc., 27 Mass. App. Ct. 386 , 389-390 (1989). To the extent that a commentary to District Court Small Claims Standard 5:01 (1984) is to the contrary, that commentary is superseded by the Daum decision.

We are constrained to reverse the judgment. The defendant has twice suffered adverse factual determinations, once by a judge and once by a jury. While savoring his procedural victory, the defendant may wish to consider possible vulnerability under the provisio s of G. L. c. 231, Section 6F.

Judgment reversed.