Thursday, Mar. 8, 2012
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
In addition to Campbell, featured speakers will include:
- Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland;
- Chief Justice for Administration and Management Robert A.
- BBA President Lisa C. Goodheart.
To familiarize yourself with your local representative or senator,
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