For Immediate Release - March 13, 2014

Hon. Michael F. Edgerton Reappointed Chief Justice of the Juvenile Court by Chief Justice of the Trial Court Paula M. Carey

BOSTON, MA -- Chief Justice of the Trial Court Paula M. Carey has announced the re-appointment of Michael F. Edgerton as Chief Justice of the Juvenile Court in accordance with G.L. c 211B §5. Chief Justice Edgerton will serve in that capacity until he reaches his mandatory retirement date on July 30, 2014. He was appointed to a five-year term as Chief Justice in 2009.

Chief Justice Carey said, “I am pleased to announce the re-appointment of Michael Edgerton as Chief Justice of the Juvenile Court Department. Chief Justice Edgerton has brought tremendous administrative and leadership skills to this role. He is highly respected for his combination of legal acumen, professionalism and compassion.”

Chief Justice Edgerton was appointed to the Essex County Division of the Juvenile Court in 1996. He has served on many Trial Court and Supreme Judicial Court committees. He chaired the Trial Court’s Personnel Policies and Practices Committee which completely reviewed and revised the personnel manual in 2012.

Chief Justice Edgerton said, “I appreciate the confidence that Chief Justice Carey has shown in my leadership. This is certainly a challenging and interesting time with the recent addition of 17-year-olds to the delinquency/youthful offender jurisdiction of the Juvenile Court and the dramatic increase in care and protection filings over the past six months.”

A resident of Middleton where he lives with his wife Ann, Chief Justice Edgerton graduated from Suffolk University Law School with a J.D. and a Masters of Law.  He served as the General Counsel to the Trial Court from 1982 until his appointment to the bench in 1996.  He serves on the adjunct faculty of the Massachusetts School of Law where he teaches Trial Advocacy. He is the recipient of the 2007 Juvenile Court Judicial Excellence Award presented by the Massachusetts Judges Conference, the 2009 Thurgood Marshall Human Rights Award presented by the Massachusetts School of Law and the 2010 Chief Justice Francis G. Poitrast Award presented by the Juvenile Bar Association.

The Juvenile Court Department is comprised of 11 court divisions with 41 judges across the Commonwealth. The Massachusetts Trial Court includes seven court departments with 378 judges who deliver justice daily in 101 courthouses across the state.

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