News from the courts/agencies

Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017
Proposed amendments to SJC Rule 3:12, Code of Professional Responsibility for Clerks of the Court; SJC Justice Geraldine S. Hines retires; Massachusetts Appeals Court seeks Chief Staff Attorney
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On Friday, April 7, Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey will host the opening ceremony of the Franklin County Justice Center. In addition to Chief Justice Carey, speakers will include Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg, Trial Court Administrator Harry Spence, Commissioner of the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance Carol Gladstone, Representative Stephen Kulik of the 1st Franklin District, Representative Paul Mark of the 2nd Berkshire District, Representative Susannah Whipps of the 2nd Franklin District, Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan, Franklin County Bar Association Chair John Stobierski, and Greenfield District Court First Justice William F. Mazanec. Franklin County Register of Probate John F. Merrigan will deliver welcoming remarks.
The renovation of the Franklin County Justice Center began in 2014. The new courthouse incorporates the historic 1932 façade of the original building with a 104,000 square foot, three-story addition. The Justice Center's six courtrooms include updated technological capabilities to allow for hearings to be conducted by video conference and newly installed recording equipment for court proceedings. The courthouse will also offer WiFi for visitors. The expanded building houses five court departments: Juvenile, Superior, District, Housing, and Probate and Family Courts, as well as the Law Library, Court Service Center, and Registry of Deeds.
Franklin County Justice Center
43 Hope Street, Greenfield, MA 01301
Friday, April 7, 2017
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Proposed amendments to SJC Rule 3:12, Code of Professional Responsibility for Clerks of the Court

The Supreme Judicial Court Rules Committee solicits comments on proposed amendments to SJC Rule 3:12, Code of Professional Responsibility for Clerks of the Courts. This rule defines the norms of conduct and practice appropriate for persons serving in the role of Clerk-Magistrate as defined in the rule. In light of recent amendments to the Code of Judicial Conduct, the Supreme Judicial Court requested that a working group of clerks consider the amendments in the Judges' Code to see if similar revisions should be incorporated in the Clerks' Code. The proposed amendments are based on the working group's recommendations and modify provisions in the Clerks' Code that are currently more restrictive than those in the Code of Judicial Conduct.

A redlined version of the proposed amendments is available here. Comments should be directed to Christine P. Burak, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square, Boston, MA 02108, on or before October 6. Comments received will be made available to the public.


SJC Justice Geraldine S. Hines retires

After 16 years on the bench, the last three as an associate justice on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the Hon. Geraldine S. Hines served her last day with the court on Aug. 18, a few months shy of her 70th birthday, the mandatory retirement age for state judges. On May 4, Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants made special remarks in the Seven Justice Courtroom prior to oral arguments recognizing Justice Hines on her last Sitting Week at the court.

On Wednesday, July 19, the Governor's Council unanimously confirmed Appeals Court Chief Justice Scott L. Kafker to the Supreme Judicial Court. He will fill the seat vacated by Justice Hines.

Read the full press release here.


Massachusetts Appeals Court seeks Chief Staff Attorney

Applications are now being accepted for the position of Chief Staff Attorney at the Massachusetts Appeals Court. Applicants must apply by completing a Trial Court online application at