News from the Courts

Issue April 2014

Edgerton reappointed Juvenile Court Chief

Chief Justice of the Trial Court Paula M. Carey has announced the re-appointment of Michael F. Edgerton as chief justice of the Juvenile Court in accordance with G.L. c 211B §5. Edgerton will serve in that capacity until he reaches his mandatory retirement date on July 30, 2014. He was appointed to a five-year term as chief justice in 2009.

Edgerton was appointed to the Essex County Division of the Juvenile Court in 1996. He has served on many Trial Court and Supreme Judicial Court committees and chaired the Trial Court's Personnel Policies and Practices Committee, which completely reviewed and revised the personnel manual in 2012.

Edgerton graduated from Suffolk University Law School with a J.D. and a Masters of Law. He served as the general counsel to the Trial Court from 1982 until his appointment to the bench in 1996. Edgerton serves on the adjunct faculty of the Massachusetts School of Law where he teaches Trial Advocacy. The recipient of the 2007 Juvenile Court Judicial Excellence Award presented by the Massachusetts Judges Conference and the 2009 Thurgood Marshall Human Rights Award presented by the Massachusetts School of Law, Edgerton was also awarded the 2010 Chief Justice Francis G. Poitrast Award by the Juvenile Bar Association.   

SJC approves Rule 9A amendment

The Supreme Judicial Court has approved an amendment to Rule 9A of the Massachusetts Superior Court Rules, effective April 1, 2014. Visit to learn more.