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Thursday, May. 10, 2012
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Senate Ways and Means set to release budget proposal

Join the MBA in advocating for an adequately funded justice system throughout the budget process

As the result of last month's House of Representatives budget debate, the Massachusetts Trial Court was funded at $560 million for Fiscal Year 2013, $8 million below Gov. Deval Patrick's recommendation.  

Additional funding is essential to address critical court system operating needs.

The Senate Ways and Means Committee will release its budget proposal as early as Monday, May 14. Amendments will be due on May 18 and the budget will be debated by the full Senate beginning May 23. 

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.

For more information or resources to assist with your outreach, click here.

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