Massachusetts legislature approves overhaul of state’s judicial governance structure

I’ve mentioned before (here and here) the press in Massachusetts to restructure the governance structure of the state’s judiciary as well as the question of transferring probation out and into the executive branch.

According to a story by the Boston Globe, a final bill (HB 3644) for the restructuring was approved Friday. Particularly noted was the shift of many of the functions  of the state’s “chief justice for administration and management” (CJAM) to  a new officer (court administrator) who, unlike the CJAM, is not appointed to a fixed term and need not be a sitting judge. The office of CJAM would remain with oversight of judicial scheduling matters.

The bill now goes to the Governor for his approval.