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Thursday, June 29, 2023
Casey reappointed chief justice of Probate and Family Court

newsfromcourtsChief Justice of the Trial Court Jeffrey A. Locke today announced the reappointment of Judge John D. Casey as chief justice of the Probate and Family Court for a term to commence July 16, 2023, in accordance with G.L. c. 211B, § 5. Casey has served as chief justice since 2018 and on the Probate and Family Court since 2006. 
“Chief Justice Casey has shown transformative leadership in the face of many challenges over the past five years,” said Locke. “He embraced virtual proceedings, virtual registries, and expanded eFiling in the face of the pandemic to meet the urgent needs of litigants, while protecting the public and staff. He has advocated effectively for resources and his collaborative abilities are evidenced by the unanimous support of his reappointment by the Registers Association.”  
Advances include an award-winning Case Conferencing Program with the Department of Revenue, which has enabled the court to address thousands of paternity and child support cases using remote hearings. In addition, the Pathways program was established to enable the court to triage and expedite post-judgment complaints for modification. 
Casey and Court Administrator Thomas G. Ambrosino plan to reappoint Deputy Court Administrator Domenic DiCenso.
Casey previously served as the first justice of the Norfolk County Probate and Family Court. He has served as a J2J Mentor and frequently participated on panels for the Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston Bar Association, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education and others. He also served for four years on the Judicial Conduct Commission.