Senate overrides bar advocate pay veto in FY16 state budget

Issue November 2015

On Oct. 15, the Senate voted to override the veto of Gov. Charlie Baker on the outside section of the state budget relative to compensation for some private bar advocates. The measure, which will raise compensation rates from $50 to $53 per hour in the District and Juvenile Courts and from $50 to $55 for Children and Family Law Cases, was already approved by the House of Representatives. These rates are effective July 1, 2016.

The Massachusetts Bar Association, along with the Committee for Public Counsel Services, worked with House and Senate leaders throughout the legislative process to take this important first step to attain compensation increases for criminal justice attorneys and will continue to work together to increase rates for all assigned private counsels. Rep. Garrett Bradley (D-Hingham) filed this measure as an amendment to the House budget and was instrumental in its passage.