Hon. Paula M. Carey is Chief Justice of the Trial Court. She was appointed to that position on July 16, 2013.
Prior to that, she was the Chief Justice of the Probate and Family Court having been appointed to that position on October 2, 2007. She was appointed an Associate Justice of the Norfolk Probate and Family Court in 2001.
Chief Justice Carey is a graduate of New England School of Law. Prior to her appointment to the bench in January 2001, she was a partner in the firm of Carey & Mooney, PC, where she specialized in domestic relations matters. She has lectured and authored material for numerous educational programs in the area of domestic relations, both as a practitioner and as a judge, for MCLE, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association and Suffolk University Advanced Legal Studies. Judge Carey has also lectured at AFCC local and national programs as well as the National Child Support Enforcement Conference in 2007.
Judge Carey is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, previously serving on the Family Law Section Council; and the Boston Bar Association. She is also a member of the Massachusetts Family and Probate American Inn of Court; and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.
She is the 2004 Massachusetts Judges Conference recipient of the Probate and Family Court Judicial Excellence Award, the 2006 recipient of the Daniel J. Toomey Excellence in the Judiciary Award, and the 2009 Massachusetts Women Lawyers Distinguished Jurist Award, 2011 Recipient of the Boston Bar Association Citation of Judicial Excellence, 2011 Recipient Haskell Freedman Award Massachusetts Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2011 Recipient Middlesex Bar Association Distinguished Jurist Award, 2011 MCLE Scholar Mentor Award, 2013 Recipient of the Haskell Cohn Award for Distinguished Judicial Service and 2013 Dean’s Reception Honoree for honorable commitment to public service and dedication to the Law School and its students.