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Thursday, Apr. 19, 2012
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House set to debate fiscal year 2013 budget on April 23

Access to justice is in jeopardy in Massachusetts. Call your legislator today and ask them to support passage of amendment #492.

The House of Representatives is set to begin debate on the fiscal year 2013 budget on Monday, April 23. As you know, 42,000 people arrive at our courthouses each day and are faced with increasing backlogs, reduced public hours of operation in some clerks and registers offices. There are over 1,300 fewer court personnel due to a hiring freeze which has been in place since October 2008. Access to justice is in jeopardy in Massachusetts. The Trial Court simply cannot provide the level of service constituents need or deserve.

  • Amendment #492, filed by Representative John Keenan, would add $14 million to the House funding proposal, bringing it in line with the Gov. Deval Patrick's proposed funding of $568 million, but still far short of the courts' maintenance budget of $580.6 million.

For more information on court case filings, funding and staffing click here.

Call your legislator today and ask them to support passage of amendment #492.

Click here to identify your legislators.


In addition, amendment #558, filed by Representative Ruth Balser, seeks to add $2 million to the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation's budget to meet the needs of our state's most vulnerable citizens. This amendment would bring MLAC's funding to $13 million. These difficult economic times have placed an extraordinary burden on legal service providers. An unprecedented number of citizens are eligible for services and revenue from IOLTA is down 78 percent over the past four years.


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