Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, May. 3, 2012
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House wraps up fiscal year 2013 budget debate

As reported in last week's eJournal, the House of Representatives wrapped up debate on its $32.4 billion FY13 budget plan on April 25. The House added $110 million back into the budget during the three-day debate, including $6 million for the Trial Court and an additional $1 million for the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation -- bringing MLAC's funding to $12 million.

The Senate Ways and Means Committee will release its budget proposal later this month and the measure will then be debated by the full Senate. Look for additional calls to action in each week's eJournal, as they become available.

Your continued outreach to your respective senators is helpful as the Massachusetts Bar Association continues to advocate for an adequately funded justice system throughout the budget process.

As you know, the court system is serving approximately 42,000 people, who enter the courthouses each day, with more than 1,300 fewer court personnel since July 2007. Court backlogs are increasing; many clerks and registers have had to reduce public hours of operation, except for emergencies; and, there is an insufficient number of court officers, which also increases security risks and causes disruptions and delays.

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