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Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012
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MBA showcases third in video series on court funding

Next YouTube post focuses on the lack of necessary resources in Probate & Family Court

The Massachusetts Bar Association has posted its third video as part of its public awareness campaign on the negative effects of underfunded courts. The third in the series focuses on the impact of the underfunding crisis on the Probate and Family Court.

Video subjects shed light on the reality of inadequate funding and resources. "Average citizens" who seek solutions to their legal issue in Probate and Family Court are met with significant delays in paperwork (affecting case processing and volume), child support requests, custody changes and the processing of deceased family members' estates, among others.

"The constraints that we have that we have to work under is making us not be able to serve the public in the way that they would expect us to," the Hon. Anthony Nesi of the Probate and Family Court said.

Probate and Family Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey explains that patrons of the Probate and Family Court "come because they have to, and they usually come during their darkest time." 

This level of anxiety, combined with the stretched resources of the court system, does not make for an optimal experience.

"Our citizenry interacts with the courts much more than they do with the other two branches of government. If that falls apart, then people are going to lose faith in our system," said UMass Boston Political Science Chair Maurice Cunningham, PhD, JD, who is also featured in this video.

View the video below or click here.

Court funding Video 3

MBA members are encouraged to reach out to their legislators on the need for adequate funding in the state's fiscal year 2013 budget. Members are asked to use information in the MBA video and the MBA's online resources when reaching out to legislators. Members are also encouraged to share the link to the video and online resources with colleagues and acquaintances.



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