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Thursday, March 1, 2018
​Carey reappointed as Chief Justice of the Trial Court


The Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court have announced the reappointment of the Hon. Paula M. Carey as Chief Justice of the Trial Court, pursuant to G. L. 211B, §6. The reappointment will be effective on July 16, when Chief Justice Carey's first five-year term expires.  

In considering Chief Justice Carey's reappointment, the SJC surveyed many colleagues in the judiciary who have worked closely with her over the past five years. SJC Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants announced: "We found universal praise for her leadership, her willingness to listen and to collaborate, her intelligence and ability to 'get it,' her remarkable energy and work ethic, and her courage in dealing with tough problems. We are grateful that she is willing to embark on a second term as Chief Justice of the Trial Court."   

The Chief Justice of the Trial Court is the policy and judicial head of the Trial Court, which includes the Boston Municipal, District, Housing, Juvenile, Land, Probate and Family, and Superior Courts, the Office of the Commissioner of Probation, and the Office of Jury Commissioner. The Chief Justice of the Trial Court has authority over all matters of judicial policy and appoints the departmental chief justices, oversees caseflow management and the establishment of programs and procedures to continuously improve access to justice by all segments of the Commonwealth's population.
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