Chief justices appoint Process Steering Committee members
Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland and
Chief Justice for Administration & Management Robert A.
Mulligan announced on March 22 their appointments to the Process
Steering Committee. The committee will guide the Massachusetts
Judicial Branch Strategic Planning Initiative, which was launched
earlier this year to serve as a blueprint for improving the
delivery of quality justice in the years ahead.
The final Massachusetts Judicial Branch Strategic Plan will set
forth a comprehensive picture of the current court system, a future
vision for the court system, and a set of action strategies for
achieving that vision. Some of the areas expected to be included
are a capital plan, a technology plan and a workforce development
plan. These and the overall final plan ultimately will designate
implementation tasks, resources, timelines and benchmarks.
The chief justices appointed Cynthia Robinson-Markey, the legal
counsel to the chief justice of the Boston Municipal Court, to
serve as the court's project manager.
The website www.mass.gov/courts/strategicplanning
was established to provide current information and respond to
questions about the planning process.
Process Steering Committee
- Michael Bolden, first justice, Boston
Municipal Court/S. Boston
- J. David Bowie, assistant clerk magistrate,
Barnstable Juvenile Court
- Craig Burlingame, chief information officer,
Trial Court Information Services
- John Cavanaugh, deputy jury commissioner,
Office of Jury Commissioner
- Terry Craven, first justice, Suffolk Juvenile
- Emilio Cruz, probation officer, Worcester
- Michael Doherty, assistant chief housing
specialist, Springfield Housing Court
- Judith Fabricant, associate justice, Suffolk
- John Gay, clerk magistrate, Springfield
- Meg Hayden, electronic resources librarian,
Norfolk Law Library
- Michael Hayes, chief of construction services,
Court Capital and Facilities Management
- Lee Kavanagh, research analyst, Sentencing
- Michelle Latimer, head administrative
assistant, Berkshire Juvenile Court
- Victoria Lewis, lead program manager, Judicial
- Patrick Malone, clerk magistrate, Fitchburg
- Francis Marinaro, register, Berkshire Probate
& Family Court
- Daphne Moore, assistant clerk magistrate,
Hampden Superior Court
- Jennifer O'Donnell, case coordinator,
Worcester Probate & Family Court
- Richard O'Neil, regional supervisor, Office of
- Patrick Rigol, court officer II, Peabody
- Linda Rowe, human resources specialist, Human
- Michelle Yee, assistant judicial case manager,
Norfolk Probate & Family Court
- Jill Ziter, acting court administrator, Land
Court reform appoints first Trial Court administrator
Last year's historic court reform has led to the hiring of Lewis
H. "Harry" Spence as the first non-judicial professional to lead
the Trial Court Department's business operations.
Court reform split the management of the Trial Courts between
judicial and business operations, a move that had been championed
by the Massachusetts Bar Association for decades.
"This new position is an important step in strengthening the
day-to-day business operations of the Massachusetts court system,"
MBA Chief Operating Officer and Chief Legal Counsel Martin W. Healy
said. Healy explained that this change brings to fruition decades'
worth of independent reports and findings on Massachusetts court
reform that have recommended the hiring of a professionally trained
The MBA's 1976 Res Gestae, independently commissioned 1991
Harbridge House Report, and 2003 Court Reform Study urged a number
of judicial reforms, including the hiring of a civilian,
non-judicial court administrator to manage the business operations
of the Trial Court.
Chief Justice for Administration and Management Robert A.
Mulligan, who previously oversaw all judicial and business
operations for the courts, will be responsible for all judicial
operations, as the chief justice of the Trial Court.
Spence, as court administrator, takes over the business
operations and responsibility for the courts' $553-million budget,
6,300 employees and 100 buildings. His duties include budget
preparation and oversight, labor relations, information technology,
capital projects and personnel policy.
Major court initiatives underway include: a comprehensive
strategic planning process for the Trial Court launched earlier
this year; updating the Trial Court's personnel policies and
practices; and the development of a new capital plan for court
buildings, in coordination with the state's Division of Capital
Spence served on the Court Management Advisory Board in 2010-11
and was a member of the Supreme Judicial Court Task Force on Hiring
in the Judicial Branch. He started April 17 on a five-year
contract, as required by the court reform legislation.
Comments sought on proposed revision of Model Jury Instructions on Homicide
In 2010, the Supreme Judicial Court justices created a new
committee on Model Jury Instructions on Homicide and charged it
with reviewing and updating the 1999 Model Jury Instructions on
Because of the many relevant legal developments since 1999 and
the committee's decision to reorder some of the instructions, the
proposed revisions are available for public comment under the
"Announcements" section at www.mass.gov/courts/sjc.
These revised instructions do not include instructions for motor
vehicle homicide; the revision of those instructions has not yet
SJC committee seeks comments on proposed Criminal Procedure amendments
The Supreme Judicial Court's Standing Advisory Committee on the
Rules of Criminal Procedure invites comments on proposed amendments
to Rules 12 and 29 of the Massachusetts Rules of Criminal
Procedure. The proposal can be found under the "Announcements"
section at www.mass.gov/courts/sjc.