For Immediate Release - June 27, 2013

Chief Justice Paula M. Carey to Appoint Judge Angela M. Ordoñez

Chief Justice Designate of the Trial Court Paula M. Carey today announced that she will  appoint Norfolk County Probate and Family Court First Justice Angela M. Ordoñez  to a five-year term as Chief Justice of the Probate and Family Court on July 16, 2013, in accordance with G.L. c. 211B, §5. Judge Ordoñez will succeed Chief Justice Carey as the Chief Justice for that Trial Court department.

“I am very pleased to appoint Judge Ordoñez to lead the Probate and Family Court for the next five years,” said Chief Justice Carey. “She has the respect and support of her colleagues and the probate and family bar.  She has brought significant leadership, organization and people skills to her role as the First Justice in Norfolk, making her very qualified to oversee this department for the Trial Court. She understands the needs of the Probate and Family Court and has the ability to lead the implementation of the Trial Court’s strategic plan in the Probate and Family Court department.  Judge Ordoñez is committed to meaningful collaboration with other court departments and will oversee continuous improvement in a range of areas, including parental engagement, consistent practices and caseflow management.”

Judge Ordoñez said, “I am honored by the opportunity given to me by Chief Justice Carey to serve the Probate and Family Court as Chief Justice. My experience as an attorney, Assistant Register, Judge and First Justice has provided me with a unique perspective on the work of the Probate and Family Court and the people we serve.  The greatest strength of our Court is in the dedication of the judges and employees who work to deliver justice each day. I am thankful to be a part of this re-energized organization and look forward to supporting the mission of the Trial Court.”

Judge Ordoñez, who will be the state’s first Hispanic Chief Justice, was appointed as a judge to the Probate & Family Court in 2000, after seven years as an Assistant Register of Probate in Suffolk County and three years as an attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services. She was appointed the First Justice of Norfolk County in 2011 and had previously served as First Justice of Nantucket County.  In 2010, she was named a Distinguished Jurist by the Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers. In 2001, she received the Las Primeras Award from the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys.

Judge Ordoñez’s many community initiatives include the 2009 creation of, and continued ongoing active participation in, the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Tiered Community Mentoring Program. When serving Nantucket County, she created the Community Court Program and introduced a Lawyer for the Day Program.  Judge Ordoñez received her law degree and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Northeastern University.

The Probate and Family Court Department comprises 14 Divisions with 51 authorized judicial positions across the Commonwealth.  The Massachusetts Trial Court includes seven court departments with 380 judges who deliver justice to thousands of people daily in 101 courthouses across the state.