Community engagement pilot
Massachusetts was chosen as one of six states to participate in a pilot project with the National Center for State Courts. Three pilot courthouses in Springfield, Holyoke, and Chicopee will be the first sites to hold community engagement sessions. These sites were chosen based on a number of factors, including their community ties, local leadership, and demographic diversity. These sites will identify and lead focused dialogue to address a specific issue. The pilot is scheduled to take place between 2019 and 2020.
Diversity listening sessions
In 2018, Court leaders held a series of Listening Sessions at six large courthouses. The sessions shared the Court’s efforts to advance work on diversity, equity, and inclusion, and gathered suggestions on how to engage employees and Court users in this work. Participants shared stories about personal experiences with race and bias, both inside and outside the Court. Future efforts will continue to seek feedback from employees and the community on their interactions with the Court in order to deepen understanding and improve Court experiences.