We know that our judiciary occupies a special place as an independent, co-equal branch of government, as evidenced by the fact that its role was written into the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights. As Professor Lawrence Friedman of New England Law | Boston recently told us, when John Adams drafted our constitution, he could never have anticipated the vast universe of issues coming before the court in 2013.
But one thing is certain. Regardless of our State Courts not always having the technology or staffing levels essential for administering justice promptly, our courtrooms must maintain decorum both before jurors and the citizenry. More than a nicety, that decorum is essential for maintaining the dignity and credibility of what is from our vantage point, that branch of government that underpins the democratic process in a constitutional democracy.
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