Thursday, Mar. 22, 2012
Images from the 2012 Court Advocacy Day on March 19 at the Statehouse.
Photos by Jeff Thiebauth.
MBA and BBA lead lobby day for court funding
The Massachusetts Trial Court will lose the ability to both
deliver justice and ensure security within their walls if the
Legislature does not approve adequate funding for fiscal 2013. That
was the message delivered by court leaders and lawyers at a Court
Advocacy Day hosted by the Massachusetts Bar Association and the
Boston Bar Association at the Grand Staircase of the Statehouse on
"Losing more than 17 percent of court personnel directly affects
our ability or deliver justice in ways that are all too familiar to
you and your colleagues," Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice
Roderick L. Ireland said. "Inadequate funding has made access to
justice all the more harder."
The Trial Court Department is asking for $593.9 million in
"critical funding" it needs to preserve the integrity of the
courts. Gov. Deval L. Patrick recommended level funding the courts
when he released his state budget proposal in late January. The
House and Senate will start debating the budgets in April and May,
"Our message today is pretty simple… supporting the courts
request for $593 million is essential," MBA President Richard P.
Following the speaking program, attendees met with their local
legislators to emphasize the need for $593.9 million in
Click here to view event images.
Court Advocacy Day complements the Massachusetts Bar
Association's comprehensive public awareness campaign on
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 the MBA's overall campaign on underfunded courts,