Mission

Our Mission

[A description of our mission along with summaries of our division’s missions and links to their mission/home pages.]


Private Counsel (criminal)
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Public Counsel (criminal)
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Youth Advocacy
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Children and Family Law
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Mental Health Litigation
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General Counsel’s Office
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Information Technology
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Human Resources
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Administration and Finance
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News

Committee Meeting Agenda – June 14, 2022 Meeting - The meeting will be held virtually beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Registration is required – details below. Approval of minutes of the May 18, 2022 meeting Amicus Request(s) – Commonwealth v. Edwards (SJC-13242) Court Cost Vendor Manual Update Court Cost Vendor Rate Increase Contract(s) FY 2023 MH Regional Coordinators FY 2023 Bar Advocate Programs FY 2023 […]
CPCS CERTIFICATION TRAINING TO REPRESENT PEOPLE FACING CIVIL COMMITMENT AND RELATED FORCED MEDICATION PETITIONS – FALL 2022 - The Mental Health Litigation Division (MHLD) of the Committee for Public Counsel Services is seeking qualified attorneys to represent clients in civil commitment and forced medication cases in District and Boston Municipal Courts. In Massachusetts, people experiencing psychiatric distress can be involuntarily detained at psychiatric facilities, committed for up to six months or a year, […]
CPCS 2022 AWARDS CEREMONY - On Wednesday, May 11, 2022 CPCS had the pleasure of honoring exceptional members of our community – attorneys from the public and private counsel divisions, as well as a social worker, investigator and administrative professional – who work tirelessly to insure that CPCS meets our mission:  to fight for equal justice and human dignity by […]
Committee Meeting Agenda – May 18, 2022 Meeting - UPDATE – The Committee meeting will be held completely virtual.  Registration for the zoom webinar is below. Approval of minutes of the April 13, 2022 meeting Contracts *Post-Conviction Resource Attorneys *CAFL Resource Attorneys Amicus Request(s) *Commonwealth v.  Dones, SJC-13271 *Commonwealth v. B.P., A Juvenile, 2022-P-0147 Sick Leave Bank Change Monthly Financial Overview Report Commitments $10,000 […]
Committee Meeting Agenda – April 13, 2022 Meeting - The meeting will be held virtually beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Registration is required – details below. Approval of minutes of the March 16, 2022 meeting Amicus Requests *Commonwealth Robert Silva-Prentice, FAR-28707 *Russo v. Cummings, SJ-2002-0071 *22-16-03, Matter of Cisneros *Springfield Courthouse Litigation  Contracts *FY 2023 Bar Advocate Program Supervising Attorney Contracts *FY 2023 Juvenile Supervising […]
Committee Meeting Agenda – March 16, 2022 Meeting - The meeting will be held virtually beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Registration is required – details below. Approval of minutes of the February 22, 2022 meeting Amicus Request(s) Commonwealth v. Rambert, Appeals Court No. 2021-P-0649; Supreme Judicial Court No. DAR-28716 (Reporting Only – Approved by Executive Committee) CAFL Counsel Crisis – Proposed Incentive Program Lease Approvals […]
Committee Meeting Agenda – February 22, 2022 Meeting - The meeting will be held virtually beginning at 5:30 p.m.   Registration is required – details below. Approval of minutes of the January 19, 2022 meeting Amicus Request(s) *Commonwealth v. Tate, SJC-13227 *Commonwealth v. Nicholas Taylor, SJC-13206 Contract – Post-Conviction Resource Attorneys Lease Approval – Temporary Space for Holyoke Office Monthly Financial Overview Report Commitments $10,000 and Over […]
2022 MHLD Appellate Certification Training Applications Open - The Mental Health Litigation Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services is now accepting applications for the Mental Health Litigation Division (“MHLD”) Appellate Panel Certification Training Qualifications: Applicants must have the following minimum qualifications: Demonstrated proficiency in legal research and writing Demonstrated commitment to working on behalf of indigent individuals and/or people with disabilities […]
Committee Meeting Agenda – January 19, 2022 Meeting - The meeting will be held virtually beginning at 5:30 p.m. Registration is required – details below. Approval of minutes of the December 16, 2021 meeting Insurance Coverage for Bar Advocate Supervising Attorneys Amicus Recommendation – Commonwealth v. Lindsay Hallinan, 1336CR3327 Training Department Presentation Personnel Subcommittee Update Monthly Financial Overview Report Commitments $10,000 and Over Report […]
MHLD Guardianship Certification Training  Spring 2022 - The Mental Health Litigation Division (MHLD) of the Committee for Public Counsel Services is accepting applications for March 2022 Guardianship Certification Training   Application deadline is January 18, 2022 A guardianship is a substantial deprivation of liberty – under guardianship an adult can no longer legally make their own decisions about many issues, including where to live, what medical treatment […]