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Thursday, Mar. 8, 2012
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News from the courts

U.S. Courts for the First Circuit bankruptcy judge position; Chief Justices deliver testimony to Joint Committee on Ways and Means; SJC approves new Rule 1:19 governing electronic access to the courts; J. Michael Ruane Judicial Center officially opens in Salem

U.S. Courts for the First Circuit bankruptcy judge position

The First Circuit Court of Appeals is seeking applicants for a bankruptcy judge position for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Rhode Island headquartered in Providence.

Attorneys with broad or specialized litigation or commercial experience are encouraged to apply, whether or not such experience is in bankruptcy law.

Interested applicants may obtain an application from the Circuit Executive's Office, from the bankruptcy court clerk for the District of Rhode Island, or by accessing the Court of Appeals' Website. The term of office is 14 years and the current salary is $160,080. Applications are to be received by Friday, April 20. EOE.

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Chief Justices deliver testimony to Joint Committee on Ways and Means

Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland, Appeals Court Chief Justice Phillip Rapoza, and Trial Court Chief Justice for Administration & Management Robert A. Mulligan presented testimony on Feb. 28 to the Joint Committee on Ways and Means on Fiscal Year 2013 funding for the Judicial Branch.

The Chief Justices addressed the severe reductions in personnel throughout the Judicial Branch. They emphasized the need for adequate resources to serve the public and praised the commitment of court employees to deliver justice under very challenging circumstances.

Click here to view testimony and a 2012 Justice in the Balance report.


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SJC approves new Rule 1:19 governing electronic access to the courts

The Supreme Judicial Court has announced the approval of a new SJC Rule 1:19 governing electronic access to the courts. The court order amends the former Rule 1:19 governing cameras in the courts and replaces it with the new rule, effective on July 1, 2012. After the new rule has been in operation for a year, the court will review it to determine whether further revisions are needed.

The new Rule 1:19 is designed to recognize the changes in technology and journalism since the original rule was promulgated and to maintain the necessary order and decorum in the Massachusetts courts.

Click here to view the major changes to SJC Rule 1:19.

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J. Michael Ruane Judicial Center officially opens in Salem

State and local officials participated in the official opening ceremony of the J. Michael Ruane Courthouse in Salem on Feb. 28. Massachusetts Bar Association President-elect Robert Holloway Jr., a local practitioner, extended the bar's appreciation for the new state-of-the-art courthouse.

Click here to learn more.

 

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