Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, Apr. 15, 2010
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Court budget update

The House Ways and Means Committee has released its budget proposal. Trial Court funding was cut to $529 million from $559.5 million, approximately a 5 percent cut. The Supreme Judicial Court was cut $400,000 (from $7.9 million to $7.5 million). The Appeals Court was cut $320,000 (from $10,827,000 to $10,507,967)

While the House proposal funds CPCS at a level higher than FY10's appropriation, it would still fall $9.2 million short of what CPCS expects to spend in FY10 to meet current expenses.

Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation was level funded at $9.5 million. All district attorneys offices were also level funded.

The House will begin debating the budget on April 26. The Senate Ways and Means Committee is expected to release its budget proposal in May.

MBA leadership and staff continue to push hard on lobbying efforts. To contact your state representative click here.



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