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From the Boston Bar Journal: Serving on Judicial Response

Near the top of the application for judgeships is an innocent-sounding question:  “If appointed, will you accept assignments from time to time in other departments and other geographic divisions as the administrative needs of the Massachusetts Trial Court require?”  With visions of Nantucket or the Berkshires in the summer, I cheerfully answered “yes.”  Only later did I learn this was a reference to the Judicial Response System (“JRS”), unknown to me at the time and, I suspect, to most lawyers in the Commonwealth.
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Statement on Confirmation of Justice Ralph D. Gants as Chief Justice of Supreme Judicial Court

Following this afternoon's confirmation of Associate Justice Ralph D. Gants to become the next Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Boston Bar Association (BBA) President Paul T. Dacier issued the following statement:

"The Boston Bar Association applauds the Governor's Council for confirming Ralph Gants as the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court. The Supreme Judicial Court is the highest court in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and its decisions concern the full spectrum of law. Those decisions affect the lives of all of us in Massachusetts and beyond."

Read the full statement here.
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Administration of Justice Committees

  • BMC ADR Program
    The Boston Municipal Court/Boston Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution (BMC/BBA ADR) Program allows volunteers to use their ADR skills to help litigants at the BMC. There, volunteers provide both pretrial case conferencing and mediation. For more information, contact Sonia Shah, Public Service Manager, at sshah@bostonbar.org or 617-778-1976.
  • Court Funding Work Group
    The Section produces an annual report on funding for the Courts. To inquire about opportunities, please contact the Section Co-Chairs.
  • Steering Committee
    The leadership committee of the Section organizes programs and discusses policy. To inquire about opportunities, please contact the Section Co-Chairs.