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Probate and Family Court and Related Programs

0333-0002

funding levels adjusted for inflation (CPI)

  • Funding History
  • Description
  • Proposals
Adjusted for inflation (CPI) NOT adjusted
FY18 $30,340,165 $30,340,165
FY17 $29,903,125 $29,248,259
FY16 $30,157,121 $28,958,672
FY15 $29,369,778 $28,014,537
FY14 $29,821,196 $28,242,710
FY13 $27,979,230 $26,092,640
FY12 $25,602,136 $23,480,541
FY11 $19,150,072 $17,062,062
FY10 $21,303,245 $18,611,265
FY09 $25,466,033 $22,031,179
FY08 $24,708,658 $21,080,726
FY07 $25,598,485 $21,058,682
FY06 $25,245,934 $20,242,570
FY05 $25,685,071 $19,845,007
FY04 $26,390,131 $19,795,007
FY03 $43,310,485 $31,785,685
FY02 $45,013,372 $32,323,357
FY01 $45,069,771 $31,800,744
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Funding for Probate and Family Court and Related Programs
22.8%

comparisons adjusted for inflation (CPI)

Notes

  • In FY04, funding for the probate and family courts dropped as funding for certain functions shifted to centralized line items funding the trial courts and probation services.
  • In FY10, funding for the individual regional and county probate courts and family crisis clinics was consolidated into a single line item, so all of these line items are grouped together.
  • Starting in FY12, probation and other trial court retained revenues moved from centralized retained revenue line items and were distributed to the funding for the Chief Justice for Administration and the seven trial courts: Superior, District, Probate and Family, Land, Boston Municipal, Housing, and Juvenile. In FY12, the Probate and Family Court line item increased by approximately $7.4 million, and the Juvenile Court line item increased by approximately $150,000 associated with this funding shift.

* Funding and comparison information includes all line-items listed above. Download the spreadsheet to see funding levels for individual line-items.

The Probate and Family Court (PFC) oversees a wide range of family-focused legal matters, including divorce, alimony, paternity, child welfare, child custody, visitation and child support determinations. The PFC also handles "probate" matters, i.e., cases involving wills and the transfer of estates at time of death, as well as guardianship and conservatorship arrangements for minors and incapacitated adults.

The Probate and Family Court handles approximately 155,000 to 165,000 cases each year. Many of these cases directly involve children or their families, though the PFC does not collect the specific data needed to determine the exact number of such cases.

Roughly one-third of the total PFC caseload involves probate and related issues. Many of these cases do not directly involve children or their families (though Guardianship of Minor cases are part of the Probate caseload, and by definition, these cases do involve children).

The other two-thirds of the PFC caseload is focused on family issues, many of which directly affect children or families with children. For example, many of the cases that fall within the PFC category of "domestic relations" (including divorce, child custody, and paternity and child support determination cases) will have a direct impact on the well-being of children, as do cases involving adoption, child welfare and abuse prevention.

Updated August 2016

Adjusted for inflation (CPI) NOT adjusted
FY18 GAA $30,340,165 $30,340,165
FY18 Leg $30,340,165 $30,340,165
FY18 Sen $30,340,165 $30,340,165
FY18 SWM $30,340,165 $30,340,165
FY18 Hou $30,900,169 $30,900,169
FY18 HWM $30,900,169 $30,900,169
FY18 Gov $30,900,169 $30,900,169
FY17 $29,903,125 $29,248,259

Notes

  • In FY04, funding for the probate and family courts dropped as funding for certain functions shifted to centralized line items funding the trial courts and probation services.
  • In FY10, funding for the individual regional and county probate courts and family crisis clinics was consolidated into a single line item, so all of these line items are grouped together.
  • Starting in FY12, probation and other trial court retained revenues moved from centralized retained revenue line items and were distributed to the funding for the Chief Justice for Administration and the seven trial courts: Superior, District, Probate and Family, Land, Boston Municipal, Housing, and Juvenile. In FY12, the Probate and Family Court line item increased by approximately $7.4 million, and the Juvenile Court line item increased by approximately $150,000 associated with this funding shift.

* Funding information includes all line-items listed above. Download the spreadsheet to see funding levels for individual line-items.