CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) offered the following statements on the passage of Senate Bill 354, which provides authority to the presiding judge in each court district to have greater authority over personnel and management. This bill also gives $1.5 million to the electronic court system that is currently in the developmental stage. SB 354 passed 235 to 95.
House Speaker William O’Brien
“Decentralizing power from Concord and giving authority to local towns will ensure an accountable, consistent and more efficient circuit court system. The needs for specific court districts vary greatly from community to community and this bill will allow for some autonomy in management practices. Additionally, allowing our courts to transition in to 21st century technology will bring substantial savings to the judicial branch in the future.”
House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt
“This legislation improves the structure and workability of the circuit court system ensuring presiding judges have some say in managing the personnel within their court and the e-court system will lead to a more user friendly court system for our citizens.”