COURT SYMPOSIUM TO FOCUS ON EXCELLENCE IN JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION
California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald M. George To Be Keynote Speaker
Court Management Advisory Board is presenting a major
symposium called "Striving for Excellence in
Judicial Administration" on February 27, 2008,
from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the John Adams Courthouse.
The event will bring together judicial, business,
legal and management leaders to explore the principles
of organization transformation, and to discuss systemic
changes that have been made since 2003 in the administration
of the Massachusetts courts.
Five years ago,
the Visiting Committee on Management in the Courts, chaired by Boston College
Chancellor J. Donald Monan, S.J., issued a harsh assessment of the management
of the Massachusetts courts and outlined a blueprint for change, founded on managerial
best practices. Since the issuance of the Monan report on March 4, 2003, the
Massachusetts court system has embarked on a strategic management reform plan
and has made significant progress implementing its administrative priorities.
serve the Commonwealth in our court system can be proud of the marked progress
we have made in the last several years. True reform, though, is a never ending,
never fully completed process. We are committed to building on the recent advances
so that our goal of becoming a national model of excellence in judicial administration
can be fully realized," said Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Margaret
Court Chief Justice Ronald M. George, who heads the largest judicial system in
the world, is the Symposium's keynote speaker. The distinguished panelists,
who will discuss management change, include Charles D. Baker, Chief Executive
Officer of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care; Gene D. Dahmen, a partner at Verrill
Dana LLP in Boston; Robert P. Gittens, Vice President for Public Affairs at Northeastern
University; Paul F. Levy, Chief Executive Officer at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical
Center; and Chief Justice for Administration and Management Robert A. Mulligan.
Supreme Judicial Court Justice Robert J. Cordy will serve as moderator.
Chief Justice Mulligan
said, "Through the leadership of the Chief Justices of the Trial Court,
we have implemented new management practices, each of which represents major
change. The Trial Court is committed to building on this energy and momentum,
as we seek and adopt best practices that provide smarter, better ways to deliver
the highest quality justice."
Among the improvements,
court leaders now analyze data to assess the equitable distribution of resources,
timely disposition of cases, satisfaction of court users and judicial performance.
The introduction of MassCourts, a comprehensive web-based case management system,
enables the data collection and information sharing needed to track case progress
B. Keating, chair of the Court Management Advisory Board, said, "The blueprint
for change - the Monan Report - set the bar high, calling for nothing less than
a transformation in the culture and practice in the Trial Court. The Court Management
Advisory Board is impressed with the progress made to date and knows that more
can be achieved. We will continue to encourage and assist Chief Justice Mulligan
and his able leadership team as they set new standards for excellence in the
management of the Massachusetts court system."
The Court Management
Advisory Board is composed of twelve members in the business, academic and legal
communities who by statute advise and assist the court on "all matters
of judicial reform."