Chief Justices Deliver Testimony to
Joint Committee on Ways and Means
Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Margaret H.
Marshall, Appeals Court Chief Justice Phillip Rapoza, and Trial
Court Chief Justice for Administration & Management Robert
A. Mulligan presented testimony Monday afternoon to the Joint Committee
on Ways and Means on Fiscal Year 2011 funding for the Judicial
Branch. The hearing, chaired by Senator Stephen M. Brewer and Representative
James T. Welch, was held at the Tantasqua Regional High School
Justice in the Balance: Budget Overview for the
Massachusetts Judiciary, was provided to committee members as a valuable resource
to assist their deliberations. The overview highlights the court
system’s public impact and provides a perspective on court resources.
Chief Justice Marshall and Chief Justice Mulligan referenced
the report in their remarks.
Chief Justice Mulligan submitted written
testimony to the committee but focused his remarks on specific
examples compiled from letters, conversations and recent courthouse
visits, on the range of challenging situations facing Judges,
Clerks, Probation and court staff statewide as a result of the
fiscal crisis. The Chief Justices emphasized that Trial Court staff
at all levels is at a breaking point in terms of managing caseload
and highly praised the commitment of Judicial Branch employees
to deliver justice daily despite very stressful circumstances.
Justice in the Balance overview and the filed testimony are available
at the links below.
Justice Marshall's Testimony
Justice Rapoza's Testimony
Justice Mulligan's Testimony
in the Balance: Budget Overview for the Massachusetts Judiciary
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