News from the courts/agencies

Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019
Ronquillo reappointed Boston Municipal Court chief justice; bankruptcy judge position open to additional applicants


Ronquillo reappointed Boston Municipal Court chief justice 

Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey recently announced the reappointment of Hon. Roberto Ronquillo Jr. as chief justice of the Boston Municipal Court for a five-year term effective Jan. 2, 2019, in accordance with G.L. c.211B, §5. Ronquillo has served on the Boston Municipal Court since 2001, and as chief justice of the department since his initial appointment in January 2014.

“I am pleased to announce the reappointment of Chief Justice Roberto Ronquillo to this key role leading the Boston Municipal Court,” said Carey. “He has worked with compassion and responsiveness to thoughtfully guide the development of court procedures and processes in the BMC and the Trial Court. As chair of the Trial Court’s Language Access Advisory Committee, he has overseen significant improvements in our efforts to ensure access to court users who are not proficient in English.” 

Ronquillo said, “I am honored to be reappointed to the position of Chief Justice of the Boston Municipal Court Department. I am grateful to Chief Justice Carey for the opportunity to serve the court users, my esteemed colleagues on the Boston Municipal Court Department, and the Trial Court for another five years. I will strive to continue to lead the BMC with integrity, compassion and fairness.”

Ronquillo previously served as first justice of the East Boston Division of the Boston Municipal Court. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was a practicing attorney at his own firm and before that an assistant district attorney in Suffolk County. A resident of Revere, he received his law degree from New England School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Texas at El Paso.


Bankruptcy judge position open to additional applicants

To ensure that it "reach[es] a wide audience of qualified applicants," as prescribed by Judicial Conference regulations governing the selection, appointment and reappointment of bankruptcy judges, the First Circuit Court of Appeals will accept additional applications through Jan. 31 for a bankruptcy judge position for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts in Boston. Simultaneously, the Bankruptcy Merit Selection Panel will evaluate the applications for this position that have been received to date. The panel will consider additional applications on a rolling basis. 

Attorneys with broad or specialized litigation or commercial experience are encouraged to apply, whether or not such experience is in bankruptcy law. Interested applicants may obtain an application from the Circuit Executive's Office, from the Bankruptcy Court clerk for the District of Massachusetts, or by accessing the Court of Appeals' website.

The term of office is 14 years and the current salary is $191,360.

Applications are to be received in the Circuit Executive's Office no later than Jan. 31.