Probate and Family Court Department
Administrative Deputy Assistant Register
RELEASE ON: June 23, 2003
DIVISION OF THE PROBATE AND FAMILY COURT
OPENS NEW FAMILY LAW INFORMATION CENTER
R. Buonomo, Register of the Middlesex Probate and Family Court,
announced a new center - the first in the state - to assist the
sharply increasing number of people who represent themselves in
litigation. The new and innovative Middlesex Family Law Information
Center at the Court's Cambridge facility is scheduled to open Thursday,
June 26 at 3:00 p.m.
seen a dramatic increase in the number of pro se litigants
- people who represent themselves in court," said Register Buonomo.
Many of these people feel intimidated by the judicial process and
this Center is designed to alleviate the problem."
to the Massachusetts Court System's Annual Report for the fiscal
year ending 2002, there were 4, 219 divorces filed in the Middlesex
Division. Of these divorces, 1, 904 cases (45%) were filed by pro
Center employs two Administrators who offer assistance and information
on court procedures, filing requirements and other information
necessary to have cases presented to the court.
addition, the Family Law Information Center will house the Lawyer
for the Day Program, staffed by a volunteer lawyer who provides
advice on certain matters, including guardianship of minors brought
by people who are indigent; the Protection from Abuse Department;
Middlesex Domestic Violence Project; and the Middlesex Family Services
Court Clinic which provides immediate counseling services to troubled
Center will prepare the applicant better for the court experience
and will result in shorter lines at the counter and save time in
the courtroom", said Buonomo. In addition, the staff will also
direct litigants to legal service agencies and lawyer referral