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Thursday, Apr. 21, 2011
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House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo (right) was joined by Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland to announce the filing of legislation to overhaul the court system's management.

Breaking News: Speaker DeLeo and SJC announce sweeping court reorganization

Today House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo was joined by Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland to announce the filing of legislation to overhaul the court system's management.

The legislation signals an enormous victory for the Massachusetts Bar Association who has lobbied for court management reforms for decades. The legislation proposed by DeLeo closely mirrors recommendations contained in the MBA's independently commissioned 1991 Harbridge House Report and the 2003 MBA Court Study Task Force Report to employ a civilian, non-judicial court administrator to manage the business operations of the Trial Court, while keeping judicial responsibilities with a newly created position of Chief Justice of the Trial Court.

The joint announcement of the legislation's filing marks an unprecedented cooperation between the Legislative and Judicial branches who have often struggled for control of the court system.

The bill also proposes to employ civilian mangers to serve as deputy court administrators for each of the trial court's seven departments. Additionally, the bill proposes to keep the Probation Department with the Judiciary and adopts a series of hiring and promotional reforms for the department.

Click here to read the bill summary. Click here to see the full bill.
Read DeLeo's statement here.

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