For Immediate Release - November 15, 2013

Honorable Judith Cutler Appointed Chief Justice of the Land Court

BOSTON, MA -- Chief Justice of the Trial Court Paula M. Carey today announced the appointment of Judge Judith C. Cutler as Chief Justice of the Land Court Department for a five-year term effective January 2, 2014, in accordance with G.L. c211B, §5.  Judge Cutler was appointed to the Land Court in 2009 after a 20-year career as an attorney practicing in the area of municipal law, concentrating in land use law.  

Chief Justice Carey said, “I am pleased to announce the appointment of Judge Judith Cutler as Chief Justice for the Land Court.  She will continue the responsive, innovative and effective reform of the Court initiated by Chief Justice Karyn F. Scheier.  In recent years the Land Court has introduced more numerous and substantive reforms than at any other time in the Court’s history.”

Chief Justice Carey highlighted the contributions of Chief Justice Scheier who has served two five-year terms as Chief Justice of the Court.  “Her thoughtful, collaborative leadership guided the Court through a period of tremendous change.  Her extensive experience, integrity and commitment to public service will ensure continued stability and effectiveness of this expertise-focused, statewide court.”

Judge Cutler said, “I thank Chief Justice Carey for giving me this opportunity to serve.  I am gratified by her confidence in me.  I am also very thankful to have the support of Chief Justice Scheier and my other colleagues at the Land Court, as we work to meet the challenges ahead.”

Judge Cutler joined the Boston law firm of Kopelman and Paige in 1990 after serving as the town planner in Concord, Mass., since 1978.  She received her law degree from Suffolk University Law School, a master’s degree in community planning from the University of Rhode Island, and a bachelor’s from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

The Land Court Department has seven authorized judicial positions and statewide jurisdiction.  The Court is based in Boston and holds sessions from time to time in other locations.  The Massachusetts Trial Court includes seven court departments with 379 judges who deliver justice in 101 courthouses across the state.  The Trial Court recently embarked upon a strategic plan focused on One Mission: Justice with Dignity and Speed, as it provides access to justice daily to thousands across the Commonwealth.