State Revenue and Appropriations
Funding Principles for Judicial Administration
Steps Taken to Address Tough Economic Times
Staffing Levels and Operating Expenses:
Service Reductions: Over the past four years, the Massachusetts courts have reduced hours of operation and delayed filling vacancies in the clerk’s offices and in judicial support positions. These reductions have resulted in reduced service to the public and delays and backlogs in the disposition of cases.
Compensation: Over the past four years, the courts have furloughed judicial officers and court staff.
Efficiency Measures: The Massachusetts courts have implemented an enhanced case management system and plan to implement e-filing this coming year. As of July 1, 2012, the Legislature has abolished life tenure for management level employees of the court.
Restructuring: Over the past four years, the Massachusetts courts have consolidated court hours. In the coming year, they plan on reallocating staff.
Business Processes: The courts have transitioned to digital recording of court proceedings, videoconferencing of arraignments and detention hearings for detained adults and juveniles and have implemented remote videoconferencing of interpreters for persons with limited English proficiency.
Service reductions have resulted in the Massachusetts courts being in a worse position than four years ago to provide access and timely justice.
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