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Thursday, Mar. 1, 2012
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News from the courts

New Proposed SJC Rule 3:15: Pro Hac Vice Registration Fee; Search committee selects two court administrator candidates

The Supreme Judicial Court's Rules Committee invites comments on proposed new Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:15: Pro Hac Vice Registration Fee. The new rule was originally proposed to the Rules Committee by the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission in response to the crisis in funding civil legal aid services to low-income families and individuals. 

The proposed new rule would require lawyers, except those who will provide pro bono service to indigents, to pay a $300 registration fee per case to the Board of Bar Overseers. The board may retain a portion of the fee to cover costs and shall pay the balance to the IOLTA Committee for distribution in accordance with S.J.C. Rule 3:07.

Click here to read the proposed rule.

Comments on the proposed rule should be directed to Christine P. Burak, secretary, Supreme Judicial Court Rules Committee, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square, Boston, MA, 02108 on or before March 9. Comments may also be sent to [e-mail christine.burak].


Search committee selects two court administrator candidates

The search committee appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court to recommend candidates for the position of court administrator has announced its selection of two candidates to proceed in the interview process. The candidates are Christopher A. Fox and Harry Spence.

Christopher Fox is the former deputy chief operating officer for the City of Boston and chief of the Bureau of Administration and Technology for the Boston Police Department.  Harry Spence formerly served as the commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Social Services, deputy chancellor for Operations for the New York City Board of Education and receiver for the City of Chelsea.

The court administrator, in consultation with the chief justice of the trial court, will oversee administrative functions to ensure that judges and court staff have modern, effective and efficient support systems.

After the upcoming interviews, the search committee will conclude this final phase of the selection process and forward its recommendations to the Supreme Judicial Court by March 30. Court reorganization legislation passed in 2011 stipulates that appointment of this new position occur by July 1, 2012.


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