June 18, 2010
Court Relocation Committee Provides
The Court Relocation Committee has provided a preliminary
draft report to Chief Justice for Administration & Management
Robert A. Mulligan, based on its review of all 103 courthouse
facilities. The Committee is using access to justice as a guiding
principle and recommends that the criteria to be considered in
making final decisions include personnel, building facilities
and functions, leases, and geography/transportation.
The CJAM will discuss the Committee's recommendations
with the departmental Chief Justices and narrow the number of
possible relocation sites, based on fiscal and operational factors.
The CJAM will meet with the Committee to identify sites and a
process to seek public comment. The Trial Court has the resources
to relocate approximately six courthouses in a year.
Timeframes for relocation decisions will be determined
by the Trial Court FY11 budget approved by the Legislature. The
funding level will impact court staffing and operations, including
the number of court sites that can be maintained.
The Trial Court continues to reduce leased space
and, since late 2008, has cut the amount of leased space at Center
Plaza by 30 percent. Since March, the Administrative Office of
the Probate and Family Court moved from Center Plaza to the John
Adams Courthouse and the Administrative Office of the District
Court moved from Center Plaza to the Edward Brooke Courthouse.
In Norfolk County, the planning process is underway to move the
Law Library from private leased space to join the Grand Jury
which recently moved to publicly-owned space.
The Court Relocation Committee, co-chaired by District
Court Chief Justice Lynda M. Connolly and Housing Court Chief
Justice Steven D. Pierce, was convened by Chief Justice Mulligan
in February and includes the following members:
Anthony M. Doniger, Esq., Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen
/ Boston (Access to Justice Commission Member)
Esq., Law Offices of Douglas Martin / Malden (Mass. Bar Association
Elizabeth Pattullo, Beacon Health Strategies
(Court Management Advisory Board Member)
John J. Regan, Esq.,
WilmerHale / Boston (President, Boston Bar Association)
P. Ryan, Jr., O'Connor and Ryan / Fitchburg (Former President,
Mass. Bar Association)
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