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NCJ Number: 183818 Find in a Library
Title: Annual Report on the State of the Massachusetts Court System, Fiscal Year 1999
Corporate Author: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Supreme Court Justices
United States of America
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 148
Sponsoring Agency: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Boston, MA 02108
Sale Source: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Supreme Court Justices
New Courthouse
Pemberton Square
Boston, MA 02108
United States of America
Type: Report (Annual/Periodic)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report of the Massachusetts court system for fiscal year 1999 (July 1, 1998, to June 30, 1999) encompasses the work of the Supreme Judicial Court, the Appeals Court, and the Trial Court; a five-year summary of cases entered in Massachusetts courts and abuse prevention petitions under G.L.c.209A are also presented.
Abstract: An organizational chart of the Massachusetts court system is followed by the text of Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall's keynote address at the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Bar Association. After describing the appellate work of the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC), this report presents data on the caseloads of the Court for fiscal years 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999. Following an overview of the administrative activities of the SJC, recommendations are presented for an Appeals Court expansion and the SJC excellence requirements. The report of the Appeals Court encompasses caseload data, five-year trends in filings, and initiatives in the areas of Department of Social Services cases, extension of time for filing briefs, the conference program, sessions in other locations, and technology. The report of the Trial Court includes a description of the activities of the Administrative Office of the Trial Court and reports of the various Trial Court departments (Boston Municipal Court, District Court, Housing Court, Juvenile Court, Land Court, Probate and Family Court, Superior Court, Office of the Commissioner of Probation, and Office of the Jury Commissioner). The appendix contains a list of all rules changes approved by the SJC from July 1, 1998, to June 30, 1999.
Main Term(s): Court statistics
Index Term(s): Caseloads; Court management; Court structure; Massachusetts
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