MWDN: Chiefs critical of decision to move jury trials from Westborough

Last summer area police chiefs — including Southborough Chief Jane Moran — banded together to protest a proposal to close Westborough District Court. The state ultimately decided not to close the court, but recently announced a plan to move all jury trials to Worcester. It’s a move police officials say will cost their departments time and money.

Here’s what Moran told the Metrowest Daily News:

“I think our overtime expenses for (jury trials) will more than triple,” she said, estimating the department usually spends between $1,600 and $1,800 a year.

Moran said the chiefs whose towns use Westborough District Court – Westborough, Northborough, Southborough, Shrewsbury and Grafton – are unhappy with the decision. They plan on sending a letter to the state voicing their opposition, she said.

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