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Thursday, Jul. 15, 2010
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SJC approves changes to Rule 4:03; Court Relocation Committee proposes recommendations

The Supreme Judicial Court has approved changes to Rule 4:03 of the Rules of the Supreme Judicial Court effective Sept. 1, regarding periodic assessment of attorneys. Click here to view the changes.

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Court Relocation Committee proposes recommendations

The Court Relocation Committee met with Chief Justice for Administration & Management Robert A. Mulligan on July 1 to review and discuss the first phase of its work.The facilities currently proposed for temporary relocation or consolidation are listed below. The CJAM stressed that this is the beginning of a process.

The FY11 budget signed by Gov. Patrick leaves the Trial Court with a shortfall in excess of $21 million. This significant reduction requires that relocation efforts move forward more quickly than originally planned. As with prior relocations, the proposed court relocations or consolidations will not cause layoffs at those locations. Any layoffs required by budget cuts will be determined by a separate process.

The criteria established by the committee to identify potential sites for relocation and consolidation include lease terms and expenses, personnel impact and staffing levels, the condition of facilities, building functions, and geography and transportation issues.

Court Relocation Committee Recommendations:

  • AOTC
    Continue to relocate departments to other facilities, including John Adams Courthouse
  • Berkshire County
    Berkshire Juvenile Court / North Adams
  • Bristol County
    Southeast Housing Court / New Bedford will co-locate with other courts
    [New Taunton Courthouse opening in 2011 may allow better configuration of operations for several court departments in Bristol County]
  • Essex County
    Gloucester District Court
  • Franklin/Hampshire Counties
    Northampton Superior Court ceremonial courtroom & storage space; Housing Court ancillary space
  • Hampden County
    Appeals Court administrative office space in Springfield
  • Land Court
    Land Court to Suffolk County Courthouse / 3 Pemberton Square
  • Middlesex County
    Framingham Juvenile Court to Marlborough District Court
  • Norfolk County
    Norfolk Superior Court Probation and Norfolk County Law Library to Registry of Deeds building
    Norfolk Juvenile Court / Dedham to Stoughton District Court
  • Plymouth County
    Hingham District Court
    Wareham District Court
  • Suffolk County
    Charlestown Division of the Boston Municipal Court
  • Worcester County
    Leominster District Court
    Westborough District Court
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