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|July 13, 2004
Holland, Director of Communications
BRISTOL COUNTY PROBATE & FAMILY
PROBATION DEPARTMENT EARNS RECERTIFICATION
The Bristol Division of
the Probate & Family Court Probation Department recently
marked its recertification at a special ceremony held at
the New Bedford Courthouse.
The department received a 92.4 ranking. Courts
must score 85 percent or better to become recertified.
A recertification process is conducted every three years
to measure the effectiveness of Probation Officers within
their respective courts and in the communities they serve.
Bristol Probate & Family Court Probation Department's
recertification is effective through February 2007.
Bristol County Probate & Family Court's
Probation Department includes Chief Probation Officer James
A. Casey, Assistant Chief Probation Officer Carl J. Cruz,
seven Probation Officers, one Associate Probation Officer
as well as support staff.
Probate & Family Court Probation Officers
are involved with dispute interventions, case monitoring
"Our Probate & Family Court Probation
Department in Bristol County is one of the most highly
qualified and effective departments in the state. Our staff
work daily with families experiencing excruciating emotional
pain. They help them resolve their issues with dignity
and respect. They provide an invaluable service to the
residents of Bristol County and richly deserve this recognition," said
First Justice Elizabeth O'Neill LaStaiti.
The Massachusetts Probation Service is a
department of the Massachusetts Trial Court. There are
12 Probate & Family Court, 12 Superior Court and 63
District Court probation offices statewide. The Office
of the Commissioner of Probation serves as the central
administrative office for the state Probation Service.