The Massachusetts Legislature is currently considering increasing the rate of pay for Bar Advocates.
Sponsored by Rep Cronin of Easton, House Bill 751 proposes:
The rates of compensation payable to all counsel, who are appointed or assigned to represent indigents within the private counsel division of the committee in accordance with the provisions of paragraph (b) of section 6, shall, subject to appropriation, be as follows: for homicide cases the rate of compensation shall be $140 per hour; for superior court non-homicide cases, including sexually dangerous person cases, the rate of compensation shall be $100 per hour; for district court cases, children in need of services cases, children and family law cases, care and protection cases, sex offender registry cases and mental health cases the rate of compensation shall be $75 per hour.
THIS BILL IS CURRENTLY LIVING IN THE JUDICIAL COMMITTEE AND MUST BE VOTED ON BY FEBRUARY 7, 2018. REP. CRONIN IS HEAD OF THAT COMMITTEE.
WE NEED ALL OF YOU, YOUR FAMILY, AND FRIENDS TO TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION AND
ADVOCATE FOR THIS BILL. OTHERWISE BILL 751 WILL BE SET ASIDE BY FEBRUARY 7, 2018.
Please call, write or email your local representative BEFORE FEBRUARY 7, 2018 and tell them this measure is vital to continue the essential legal services provided to the indigent in theCommonwealth. If you don’t know your local rep, you can find them by following this link.
We also STRONGLY URGE that you email Robert A. DeLeo, the speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. To make that super easy for you, you can use this link to quickly write him a short note, which you can customize: