BMC Chief Justice Johnson Commends BBA for its Advocacy

Three years ago Greater Boston Legal Services asked the BBA to lend its support in reducing a key barrier for individuals trying to seal CORI records, which can pose employment and housing obstacles. Following a vote of the BBA Council in 2009, the BBA urged the court to adopt a standing order that would permit an individual to seal CORI records from multiple courts by appearing at just one court.

Earlier this week, BBA President Lisa Goodheart received a letter from Chief Justice Charles Johnson of the BMC indicating that the standing order, initially adopted by the court on a temporary basis is now permanent. The Standing Order is an excellent example of judicial efficiency and, in addition to helping pro se litigants, it allows legal services and pro bono time to be focused on other pressing matters.