Today the Senate voted to override the veto of Gov. Charlie
Baker on the outside section of the state budget relative to
compensation for some private bar advocates. The measure, which
will raise compensation rates from $50 to $53 in the District and
Juvenile Courts and for Children and Family Law Cases from $50 to
$55, was already approved by the House of Representatives. These
rates are effective July 1, 2016.
The MBA, along with the Committee for Public Counsel Services,
worked with House and Senate leaders throughout the legislative
process to take this important first step to attain compensation
increases for criminal justice attorneys and will continue to work
together to increase rates for all assigned private counsels. Rep.
Garrett Bradley (D-Hingham) filed this measure as an amendment to
the House budget and was instrumental in its passage.