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Thursday, Mar. 8, 2012
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March 19 Court Advocacy Day: your presence is needed to send a strong message

Bar participation will help to ensure Mass. courts receive funding needed to provide basic services to public

The Massachusetts Trial Court has requested $593.9 million worth of funding in FY 2013 to ensure the quality of justice is not further jeopardized for the citizens of the commonwealth. To support the court system in their funding request, the Massachusetts Bar Association and Boston Bar Association invite the full legal community to join their efforts at Court Advocacy Day on Monday, March 19 at the Statehouse.

"I encourage all bar members and the greater legal community to join us on March 19 and continue to support this cause in urging our legislators to approve necessary funding for our courts," MBA President Richard P. Campbell said.

According to the recently released "Justice in the Balance" budget overview, the court system can "no longer provide the level of service state residents need and deserve."

To strengthen the message of the need for funding that allows the Trial Court to provide basic services, the March 19 lobbying event will begin at 11 a.m. at the Grand Staircase inside the Statehouse. The event will open with a brief speaking program, after which attendees will be encouraged to meet with their local legislators.

In addition to Campbell, featured speakers will include:

  • Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland;
  • Chief Justice for Administration and Management Robert A. Mulligan; and
  • BBA President Lisa C. Goodheart.
To familiarize yourself with your local representative or senator, click here.

The March 19 event complements the MBA's ongoing awareness campaign on this topic. Information packets will be provided to event attendees to reference when they meet with their local legislators to underscore the need for the $593.9 million worth of funding.

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