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|March 24, 2004
Holland, Director of Communications
PROBATE & FAMILY PROBATION DEPARTMENT
The Essex Probate and Family Court
Probation Department recently passed its re-certification
with high marks scoring a 89.3. The passing score is 85.
The re-certification process is conducted every three years
to measure the effectiveness of Probation Officers within
their respective courts and in the communities they serve.
Essex Probate and Family Chief Probation Officer
Mark Juknavorian and Assistant Chief Probation Officer Brian
Monaghan oversee an office of 13 Probation Officers and four
support staff employees.
"It is truly an honor to work with a staff
that is so highly motivated and experienced. The results
confirm this," said Monaghan.
As part of the re-certification process, three
regional supervisors from the Office of the Commissioner
of Probation visit the court to randomly audit selected files
from each Probation Officer's caseload. This comprehensive
evaluation grades Probation Officer's on compliance with
established standards and procedures. Probate and Family
Court Probation Officers are involved with dispute interventions,
case monitoring and investigation. There is also a community-based
component to the job, whereby staff serve on various social
service boards, organize Fatherhood Programs and participate
in speaking programs at various public schools.
"Staff have shown great initiative in
their commitment to working with the community," said Juknavorian.
The Probate and Family Court Probation Department
handles civil matters such as divorce and paternity and issues
involving child custody, visitation, child support, and abuse
cases. There are 12 Probate and Family Court Probation Departments
statewide. Massachusetts is the birthplace of probation,
which was created by an industrious Boston shoemaker named
John Augustus in 1841. Probation officially became part of
the court system in 1878.