For Immediate Release - August 17, 2016

Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey Appoints Probate and Family Court Judge David Sacks Chair of ADR Committee

Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey has announced the appointment of Probate and Family Court Judge David G. Sacks as Chair of the Trial Court’s Standing Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution.  The committee includes representatives from all seven departments of the Trial Court, as well as private dispute resolution groups and the Boston and Massachusetts Bar Associations.

Judge Sacks has served on the bench of the Hampden County Probate and Family Court in Springfield since 1986. Chief Justice Carey said he has “established a reputation as an innovative supporter of Alternative Dispute Resolution and served as a dedicated member of the ADR Standing Committee for many years.”  Judge Sacks has co-chaired the Probate and Family Court’s Steering Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, and is overseeing the Trial Court’s first-ever mandatory mediation pilot in the Hampden Probate and Family Court.

Chief Justice Carey commended outgoing Chair, Superior Court Judge Mark D Mason, for six years of “outstanding leadership.”  Over recent years with limited resources, the Standing Committee has expanded ADR options in the Trial Court by forming Departmental ADR Committees in each department, creating Departmental ADR Plans, distributing ADR bench cards and posters, and expanding conciliation services.

The Standing Committee is charged with advising the Chief Justice of the Trial Court on the implementation of the Supreme Judicial Court’s Uniform Rules on Dispute Resolution, including oversight of court-connected programs providing mediation and conciliation services.