Thursday, Mar. 15, 2012
Join us at Court Advocacy Day next Monday, March 19
Help urge legislators to support $593.9 million for FY13 court funding
The Massachusetts Bar Association and
the Boston Bar Association will host Court Advocacy Day at the
Statehouse on Monday, March 19 at 11 a.m. to underscore the
importance of the Massachusetts Trial Court receiving its requested
funding for fiscal year 2013. Click here to
The Trial Court has asked for $593.9 million to ensure quality
justice for the citizens of the commonwealth. This level of funding
is necessary for the court to continue to provide basic services to
the public. Without it, justice is in jeopardy.
Following a brief speaking program at 11 a.m. at the Grand
Staircase inside the Statehouse, event attendees will be encouraged
to meet with their local legislators to emphasize the need for
$593.9 million in funding.
In addition to MBA President Richard P. 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.
"Full funding of the Massachusetts courts is absolutely crucial to
preserving the rule of law in Massachusetts," Campbell said. "The
legal community's participation in Court Advocacy Day will help
send an important message to the Legislature: adequate funding of
the courts ensures the level of service the public needs. Adequate
funding also calls to the forefront, the public's constitutional
right to a properly functioning court."
Gov. Deval L. Patrick released his FY 13 state budget proposal in
late January. Recognizing the tremendous cuts already endured by
the court system, Patrick recommends level funding for the courts.
The March 19 Court Advocacy Day will take place in advance of the
House and Senate budget debates slated for April and May,
Court Advocacy Day complements the Massachusetts Bar Association's
comprehensive public awareness campaign on the underfunded courts.
In addition to a statewide billboard campaign on this topic, the
MBA has posted videos on YouTube and conducted outreach to members
of the legal community and other key community leaders and groups.
All stress the importance of adequately funding the state's third
branch of government.
For more information on the March 19 event or on the MBA's overall
campaign on underfunded courts, visit www.massbar.org