Addressing joint bench-bar concerns

Dacier’s Take on. . . One Size Fits All Trial Court

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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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.