FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/5/2011

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Supplemental Budget for Trial Court Passes House

Following news that the Massachusetts House of Representatives has passed a $154 million supplemental budget that includes an additional $12 million in direct funds and $8 million in retained revenue fee collections for the state Trial Courts, Boston Bar Association President Lisa C. Goodheart issued the following statement:

"We are grateful to the House for the action taken today. The Massachusetts Trial Courts are so woefully underfunded that despite the diligent efforts of judges and staff to serve the public, the reality is that our courts cannot function in some very essential ways without additional money. We implore the Senate to support the supplemental funding measure announced today."

The Boston Bar Association is a non-profit, voluntary membership organization of 12,000 attorneys drawn from private practice, corporations, government agencies, legal aid organizations, the courts, and law schools. It traces its origins to meetings convened by John Adams, the lawyer who provided pro bono representation to the British soldiers prosecuted for the Boston Massacre and went on to become the second president of the United States.