Landmark court reform legislation in 2011 left intact Massachusetts’ seven trial court departments. The Trial Court structure as we know it today reflects both the significant differences among specific types of cases, and maximizes the unique talents of our judges. Some departments handle high volume matters of relatively short duration and others handle lower volume but more complicated cases.
Thanks to that legislation — developed by House Speaker Robert DeLeo in collaboration with Chief JusticeRoderick Ireland of the Supreme Judicial Court — Massachusetts now has a professional court administrator, Harry Spence, who is an expert in managing organizational change, and Paula Carey, Chief Justice of the Trial Court, who continues to emphasize efficiency and innovation in the administration of justice. After meeting with the department chiefs of the Massachusetts Trial Court, it’s clear that we’ve embarked on a new chapter for the Trial Court.
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