For Immediate Release - October 17, 2014

Honorable Judith Fabricant Appointed Chief Justice of the Superior Court by Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey

BOSTON, MA – Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey today announced the appointment of Judge Judith Fabricant as Chief Justice of the Superior Court for a five-year term commencing December 24, 2014, in accordance with G.L. c.211B, §5.  Judge Fabricant was appointed to the Superior Court in 1996, and she has served as a Regional Administrative Justice, as the Administrative Justice for the Business Litigation Session, and as chair of the Education Committee since 2009.  She will succeed Chief Justice Barbara J. Rouse whose term ends on December 23, 2014, when she reaches mandatory retirement.

“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Judge Judith Fabricant to lead the Superior Court. The Superior Court handles the Commonwealth’s most serious and challenging civil and criminal cases,” said Chief Justice Carey.  “Judge Fabricant is highly respected by her colleagues and by members of the bar for her intellect, leadership, compassion and standards of excellence.  The breadth of her judicial and management experience has well positioned her to lead the Superior Court in preserving and enhancing the quality of judicial decision making, while ensuring access and effectiveness in operation.”

Judge Fabricant currently sits in the Suffolk County Superior Court.  She has served on the Commission on Judicial Conduct since 2010, and recently was named to the Supreme Judicial Court Committee on Judicial Voir Dire.  She served on the Trial Court’s Process Steering Committee, which developed the Trial Court Strategic Plan in 2013, and currently guides the Strategic Leadership Team, which oversees implementation of the plan.  She received the Judicial Excellence Award from the Massachusetts Judges Conference in 2013.

Judge Fabricant said, “I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the Superior Court at this exciting time, and I look forward to working with all of the tremendously dedicated judges, clerks, and staff.  Chief Justice Rouse has provided an exceptional model of leadership, and will leave the Superior Court ready to meet the challenges ahead.”

Judge Fabricant served as an Assistant Attorney General for Massachusetts from 1988 to 1996, where she was Chief of the Government Bureau from 1992 to 1996.  She also served as an Assistant District Attorney in Essex County from 1987 to 1988, and spent three years with the Boston firm Hill & Barlow.  She is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School and resides with her family in Brookline.  

The Superior Court Department comprises 14 counties with 82 authorized judicial positions across the Commonwealth.  The Massachusetts Trial Court includes seven court departments with 379 judges who deliver justice in 101 courthouses across the state.