For Immediate Release - November 15, 2013

Honorable Roberto Ronquillo, Jr., Appointed Chief Justice of the Boston Municipal Court Department by Chief Justice of the Trial Court Paula M. Carey

BOSTON, MA -- Chief Justice of the Trial Court Paula M. Carey today announced the appointment of First Justice Roberto Ronquillo, Jr., as Chief Justice of  the Boston Municipal Court for a five-year term, in accordance with G.L. c211B, §5, effective January 2, 2014.  Judge Ronquillo was appointed to the bench in 2001 and named as a First Justice in 2007.  He currently serves in that role for the East Boston Division of the Boston Municipal Court and has taken an active role in the East Boston community with local schools and civic organizations.

Chief Justice Carey said, “I am pleased to announce the appointment of Judge Roberto Ronquillo as Chief Justice of the Boston Municipal Court, an urban court key to the delivery of justice in the city of Boston.  He will effectively build upon the foundation provided by Chief Justice Charles R. Johnson who led the Boston Municipal Court through a period of dynamic change.  Through his work on a wide range of judicial and administrative committees Judge Ronquillo has demonstrated the judgment, energy and dedication needed to lead that Court Department to the next level of excellence.”

She commended the work of Chief Justice Johnson who has served two five-year terms as Chief Justice of the Court.  “His creative, can-do approach resulted in the introduction of many reforms in court operations.  The Boston Municipal Court was the first department to introduce a very successful access and fairness initiative to survey court users.  He presided over the expansion and integration of that Court into an eight-division department serving the entire city.  His leadership as Chief Justice will leave an enduring mark on the Trial Court and the Boston Municipal Court and his willingness to assist in the transition is evidence of his commitment to that Court.”

Judge Ronquillo said, “I am honored by Chief Justice Carey’s confidence in me to lead the Boston Municipal Court, which has a great history of commitment to the conscientious, expeditious resolution of disputes within the communities we serve, along with a commitment to correction, education, respect and compassion.  I look forward to working with her to advance the implementation of the Trial Court’s new strategic plan.”

Judge Ronquillo chairs the Trial Court’s recently-named Language Access Advisory Committee and represents the Boston Municipal Court on the Specialty Courts Steering Group.  He was a practicing attorney at his own firm from 1988 to 2001 after serving as an Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County from 1985 to 1988.  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.

The Boston Municipal Court Department is comprised of eight divisions with 30 authorized judicial positions in Suffolk County.  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.