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Thursday, May. 5, 2011
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MBA President Denise Squillante and Past President Leo V. Boyle testify before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary at the State House on May 3.

Legislative News

MBA leaders testify in support of historic court reform legislation

MBA President Denise Squillante and Past President Leo V. Boyle testified before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary at the State House on May 3, urging the Legislature to swiftly pass legislation to professionalize Trial Court management to better align Massachusetts with other innovative and forward-thinking court systems.

"This proposal brings to fruition more than 30 years of best practices from the state and the nation," said Squillante while testifying before the committee. "I encourage you to seize this unique opportunity to implement true reform that will place Massachusetts where it should be, as a national model for an innovative and effective court system."

Squillante and Boyle testified that House Bill No. 3395 will benefit litigants and the public alike as it presents multiple efficiencies for the court system. Specifically, the creation of a court administrator position to be assumed by an expert, non-judicial civilian administrator, is reform long advocated by the MBA. The MBA's independently commissioned 1991 Harbridge House Report and the 2003 MBA Court Study Task Force Report both included detailed findings and recommendations regarding the employ of such an administrator.

As reported by State House News Service on May 3, if the Judiciary Committee's vote is favorable by 3 p.m. on May 5, the  legislation would head to the House Ways and Means Committee. Committee Co-Chairman Rep. Eugune O'Flaherty has said a debate on the bill by the full house is expected next Wednesday.

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