Governor Deval Patrick's Budget Recommendation - House 1 Fiscal Year 2014

Judicial and Legal Services


Programs targeted to administer and execute state and federal laws through courts of law, public legal services, and administrative law.

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Administrative Law

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Administrative Law Programs targeted to enforce the rulemaking, adjudication, and enforcement of administrative agencies of the Commonwealth.
Administrative Appeals For the purpose of ensuring that administrative agencies meet requirements of due process before final agency action is taken, including adjudicatory hearings and preparation of the factual record necessary for judicial review.
Civil Service Appeals For the purpose of hearing and deciding appeals filed by public employees who are disciplined, laid off or not selected for promotion as well as job applicants who are not selected for appointment in order to ensure that employment decisions are made in a fair and impartial manner.
Tax Appeals For the purpose of providing hearings and deciding cases on appeal from any taxing authority in order to provide taxpayers with an expedient means of appeal, including handling appeals related to state and property taxes.

Appellate Courts

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Appellate Courts Programs targeted to operate the appellate courts of the Commonwealth.
Appeals Court For the purpose of delivering judicial decisions to citizens of the Commonwealth in matters concerning the appeal of lower court and administrative board decisions
Supreme Judicial Court For the purpose of delivering judicial decisions to citizens of the Commonwealth in matters related to appeal, bail reviews, bar disciplinary proceedings, petitions for admission to the bar, and a variety of other statutory proceedings in addition to oversight responsibility of several affiliated agencies of the Judicial branch.

Judicial and Attorney Oversight

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Judicial and Attorney Oversight Programs targeted to license and regulate attorneys in the Commonwealth and act as a monitor of the judicial system.
Bar Examination and Compliance For the purpose of evaluating candidates for admission to the Massachusetts bar and ensuring that all law practitioners in Massachusetts adhere to strict rules and standards; activities include development and administration of the bar exam, review of the results, and evaluation of candidates for admission to the bar.
Judicial Conduct For the purpose of ensuring responsible and ethical delivery of judicial services by preserving both judicial independence and public accountability; activities include investigation of complaints of judicial misconduct and disability that prevent judges from properly performing their judicial duties.

Prosecution and Defense Services

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Prosecution and Defense Services Programs targeted to represent the Commonwealth in criminal and civil suits and provide defense services to the general public.
District Attorney Offices For the purpose of representing the Commonwealth in criminal prosecutions that arise within each respective district in addition to providing victim and witness services, promoting public safety, and increasing public trust in the criminal justice system.
Forensic Services For the purpose of consultation, referral, and tracking services for individuals appearing before the juvenile, district, and superior courts including mental health evaluations.
Indigent Legal Services For the purpose of providing legal services to defendants in criminal and civil proceedings who have a right to counsel but cannot afford or decline to hire an attorney; activities include training, certification, and oversight of public defenders in addition to payments for client representation.
Specialized Public Legal Services For the purpose of providing legal services to defendants of civil and criminal proceedings in special circumstances such as those related to individuals with mental health or intellectual disabilities; activities include training, certification, and oversight of specialized public defenders in addition to payments for client representation.
Witness Protection Services For the purpose of protecting individuals essential to the investigation or prosecution of a criminal matter and whose participation places them in danger, as well as protecting those individuals who are placed in danger due to an association with the critical witness.

Trial Courts

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Trial Courts Programs targeted to operate the trial courts of the Commonwealth.
Boston Municipal Court For the purpose of delivering judicial decisions to all citizens of the Commonwealth in matters concerning criminal offenses which do not require the imposition of a state prison sentence, civil contract, and tort actions.
Trial Court Administration For the purpose of delivering the services of the trial courts of the Commonwealth in a safe and effective manner; services include jury and witness expenses, court security, facility operations and maintenance, technology services, and other services used by the trial courts and their employees.
District Court For the purpose of delivering judicial decisions to citizens of the Commonwealth concerning a wide range of matters including criminal, civil, housing, juvenile, and mental health proceedings in their respective judicial districts.
Housing Court For the purpose of delivering judicial decisions to citizens of the Commonwealth in matters concerning the use of any real estate property, including activities conducted on that property that may impact the health, welfare, and safety of any resident, occupant, user or member of the general public and which are subject to regulation by local cities and towns under the state building code, state specialized codes, state sanitary code, and other applicable statutes and ordinances.
Juvenile Court For the purpose of delivering judicial decisions to citizens of the Commonwealth in matters related to delinquency, children in need of services, care and protection petitions, adult contributing to a delinquency of a minor, adoption, guardianship, termination of parental rights proceedings, and youthful offender cases.
Land Court For the purpose of delivering judicial decisions to citizens of the Commonwealth in matters related to registration of title to real estate property, all matters and disputes concerning such title after registration, foreclosures and redemption of real estate tax liens, and other real property matters.
Probate and Family Court For the purpose of delivering judicial decisions to citizens of the Commonwealth in matters related to divorce, paternity, child support, custody, visitation, adoption, termination of parental rights, abuse prevention, and probate matters involving jurisdiction over wills, administrations, guardianships, conservatorships and change of name.
Probation Commission Services For the purpose of ensuring the delivery of justice through investigations, community supervision of offenders/litigants, diversion of appropriate offenders from institutional sentences, mediations, service to victims, and the performance of other related community service functions.
Superior Court For the purpose of delivering judicial decisions to citizens of the Commonwealth in matters involving civil actions where equitable relief is sought and labor disputes where injunctive relief is sought.


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