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Bar News - December 16, 2011

Morning Mail: Master Elimination is Innovation?

I was intrigued to read that House Speaker O’Brien believes that eliminating the marital master system is an "innovation." I recall that family cases used to be heard, along with all other types of litigation, by judges of general jurisdiction. It was considered an "innovation" when specialists like marital masters were designated to preside over family cases, which were acknowledged to be different from conventional litigation and important enough to merit their own court division. Now there is to be a return to the old days of mixing family cases in with other matters. Innovation? I think not. When politics is allowed to have its way with the court system, amnesia is a convenient tool that allows people to look the other way. What a shame.

Pamela D. Kelly,
Retired Marital Master

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