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Access to Justice Commission
These reports are published annually by the Massachusetts Court System to provide updates on operations and selected statistics. They include data on funding, criminal charges, and case filings.
Court Management Advisory Board (CMAB)
Diversity, equity, inclusion & user experience
Submitted by the Criminal Justice Policy Program at Harvard Law School
Supreme Judicial Court, March 2004.
Hiring & promotion
Scott Harshbarger, Chair
SJC Task Force for Hiring in the Judicial Branch, November 8, 2011
SJC Task Force for Hiring in the Judicial Branch, August 9, 2011
The Ware Report. Investigation of alleged improprieties with respect to the hiring and promotion of employees within the Probation Department, November 9, 2010
SJC response to the Ware report.
Officials from the Massachusetts Administrative Office of the Trial Courts (AOTC) requested technical assistance from the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) to review the current staffing methodologies and develop a staffing model (February 2005).
Report provides a statistical overview of the pretrial process for adult criminal cases initiated in the Boston Municipal and District Court. The report analyzes several stages of the criminal case process, including case initiation, arraignment, bail, and initial release decisions.
Separate and secure waiting areas
Strategic plans, 2013 - date
Designed to assist the Judicial Information Services Department (JISD) and court leaders through a review of JISD and the use of information technology (IT) in the court system to make recommendations for improvements (June 2016).
Additional court management & procedure
November 2017. "The Committee’s recommendations are aimed at facilitating the Trial Court’s ongoing transition from the stage of collecting data and tabulating and reporting metrics to the more sophisticated uses of data analyses to gain insights that will guide management decisions"
The committee recommends that "No longer would [the SJC] hear and decide every Bosch case in Massachusetts. The cases instead would be allocated between the Supreme Judicial Court and the Probate and Family Court, based on the nature of the issues involved.
Investigated the rate of acquittal in jury-waived trials on charges of operating under the influence (“OUI”) of drugs or alcohol.
Submitted to the SJC on June 30, 2003.
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