FRANKLIN HAMPSHIRE JUVENILE COURT TO MOVE TO HADLEY
Site Vacated by the District Court in Early 2008
Justice for Administration & Management Robert A. Mulligan
today announced that the Franklin Hampshire Division of
the Juvenile Court will move to the Hadley courthouse currently
occupied by the Eastern Hampshire Division of the District
Court. The five-year-old building on Russell Street in
Hadley will provide a modern working environment and better
facilities for the Juvenile Court and those who access
it, once the District Court moves to a new court building
in Belchertown in early 2008.
The benefits of
the Hadley courthouse include the availability of space for jury deliberations,
conferences between attorneys and clients, and additional record storage. In
addition, the Juvenile Court Clerk Magistrate’s Office and the Probation
Department will have separate working areas. The building is handicapped accessible
and also provides a secure sallyport and holding cells.
has the overwhelming support of the Juvenile Court employees and the bar,” said
Chief Justice Mulligan.
“We are very
excited to move into a state-of-the-art facility,” said Juvenile Court
Clerk-Magistrate Christopher D. Reavey. “The public, lawyers and staff
all will benefit from the additional space. The families, social workers, probation
officers, and clinicians who participate in these cases now will have appropriate
space to conference the complex and emotional issues that come before the court.”
The Juvenile Court
Department is comprised of 11 Divisions with 41 judges across the Commonwealth.
The Massachusetts Trial Court includes seven court departments with 378 judges
who deliver justice in 110 courthouses across the state. Comprehensive management
reform is underway throughout the Trial Court to increase efficiency, accountability
and transparency as it serves thousands of citizens daily.