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Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012
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From left to right: MBA Chief Legal Counsel Martin W. Healy and MBA Amicus Committee Chair Thomas J. Carey Jr.

Breaking News

SJC rules on case involving judicial privilege; decision aligns with MBA amicus brief

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled judges cannot be forced to explain their thought processes in making their rulings -- a decision that creates a "judicial deliberative privilege'' in Massachusetts for the first time. The court found that holding judges accountable for acts of bias violating the code of judicial conduct is important, but it must be accomplished "without violating the deliberative processes of judges."

The decision aligns with a Massachusetts Bar Association amicus brief filed by MBA Amicus Committee Chair Thomas J. Carey Jr. and Chief Legal Counsel Martin W. Healy on March 30, 2012. Click here to view the MBA's press release.

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