News from the courts/agencies

Thursday, Apr. 13, 2017
Trial Court releases draft Court Capital Master Plan, opens public comment period
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On Friday, April 7, Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey will host the opening ceremony of the Franklin County Justice Center. In addition to Chief Justice Carey, speakers will include Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg, Trial Court Administrator Harry Spence, Commissioner of the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance Carol Gladstone, Representative Stephen Kulik of the 1st Franklin District, Representative Paul Mark of the 2nd Berkshire District, Representative Susannah Whipps of the 2nd Franklin District, Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan, Franklin County Bar Association Chair John Stobierski, and Greenfield District Court First Justice William F. Mazanec. Franklin County Register of Probate John F. Merrigan will deliver welcoming remarks.
The renovation of the Franklin County Justice Center began in 2014. The new courthouse incorporates the historic 1932 façade of the original building with a 104,000 square foot, three-story addition. The Justice Center's six courtrooms include updated technological capabilities to allow for hearings to be conducted by video conference and newly installed recording equipment for court proceedings. The courthouse will also offer WiFi for visitors. The expanded building houses five court departments: Juvenile, Superior, District, Housing, and Probate and Family Courts, as well as the Law Library, Court Service Center, and Registry of Deeds.
Franklin County Justice Center
43 Hope Street, Greenfield, MA 01301
Friday, April 7, 2017
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Trial Court has released a draft master capital plan for review and comment. To restore infrastructure for the delivery of justice and to remedy varying levels of deterioration across the commonwealth's court facilities, the Trial Court, in partnership with the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) has developed this draft capital plan. The Executive Summary of the plan is available here.

The Trial Court looks forward to receiving reactions and comments from the legal community and expects to make appropriate changes as a result of the commentary in order to issue a final plan later this year.

Please submit your comments electronically on letterhead with your address or organization by Friday, May 26.