FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 7/29/2011

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Court Reorg Legislation Passes House and Senate

The Boston Bar Association today reports the passage of legislation, H3644, that would create a civilian court administrator who would handle non-judicial functions, including budgeting and leasing, along with a chief justice of the trial court, whose responsibilities will include scheduling and disciplinary matters.

The bill that passed today has been in conference committee since June. The bill also contains reforms designed to improve hiring procedures and keeps the Probation Department within the judicial branch.

The BBA will pay close attention to see what impact these changes have on the administration of Justice in Massachusetts.

The Boston Bar Association is a non-profit, voluntary membership organization of 11,000 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.