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

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Trial Courts


Programs targeted to operate the trial courts of the Commonwealth.


Program

Description
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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