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Massachusetts Rabbis Propose Community Courts to Handle Landlord-tenant Cases

The Rabbinical Court of Justice of the Associated Synagogues of Massachusetts has recommended establishment of special community courts to handle disputes between landlords and tenants and will sponsor a bill in the Commonwealth Legislature for establishment of such courts.

Pending their establishment, the Rabbinical Court of Justice has offered to work with community agencies in establishing courts to deal with rent cases and landlord-tenant disputes. The court was instrumental a year ago in settlement of a dispute involving 40 buildings in the South End of Boston.

Under the proposed plan, the major religious denominations in Massachusetts would name a panel of 50, three of whom would be assigned to each community to act as an arbitration board. The board’s decisions would have legal authority.