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Thursday, May. 12, 2011
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Legislative News

MBA applauds the House of Representatives for passing historic court reform legislation

The Massachusetts Bar Association is celebrating following the May 4 House of Representatives' passage of legislation that will professionalize Trial Court management, better aligning Massachusetts with other innovative and forward-thinking court systems.

House Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary Eugene O'Flaherty acknowledged the MBA in his remarks during the approximately hour-long debate that resulted in a 152 to 0 vote in favor of the legislation. The legislation will now move on to the Senate for a vote.

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.

"This proposal brings to fruition more than 30 years of best practices from the state and the nation," said MBA President Denise Squillante, who was joined by MBA Past President Leo V. Boyle in early May to testify in favor of the bill before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary. "This change will place Massachusetts where it should be, as a national model for an innovative and effective court system."


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