Idea incubators. Court leaders and staff from across the state met at the John Adams Courthouse last month to celebrate the latest crop of Innovation Grant winners. Of the 30 applications received by the Innovation Grant Committee for consideration, eight were chosen in this fourth round of grants, half of which were ideas generated from the Probation Department. So far, 35 grants have been awarded since 2013 totaling $68,090. Additional proposals have been funded with operating funds and through the federal Court Improvement Program.
Chief Justice Paula Carey commended the group for their initiative, creativity, and dedication to introduce new ideas in their courts. “You’re our life blood, our incubators of great ideas.”
Court Administrator Spence lauded the hard work and consistent efforts of Innovation Grant Committee leaders Springfield District Court Clerk Magistrate John Gay and Norfolk County Juvenile Justice Dana Gershengorn, along with the Committee’s members, who represent the various Trial Court Departments, including: Judiciary Information Systems, Probation, Probate and Family Court, Boston Municipal Court, Superior Court, and Land Court.
SJC Chief Justice Ralph Gants stopped by on a busy decision day to congratulate the grant recipients, urging them to share their innovations with others in their individual courthouses and beyond.