Senior Manager of Intergovernmental Relations & Specialty Courts Administrator Named

March 25, 2014

BOSTON, MA - Chief Justice of the Trial Court Paula M. Carey and Court Administrator Harry Spence announce the appointment of Georgia K. Critsley as the Senior Manager of Intergovernmental Relations and Sheila C. Casey as Specialty Courts Administrator.

Georgia K. Critsley, Senior Manager of Intergovernmental Relations. Ms. Critsley was most recently the General Counsel and executive manager of legal affairs for the Department of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS), the state agency in charge of the Commonwealth's criminal justice information systems, including Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) services, where she provided counsel on criminal justice and public safety policy issues, as well as legislation, regulatory and administrative law issues. While at DCJIS, Ms. Critsley was a key driver behind recent CORI reform legislation, forming key relationships in the process with legislators and other external stakeholders who were instrumental in the bill’s passage and implementation.

Ms. Critsley has spent many years of service working for the Criminal Justice system. She has served as the Deputy Chief for the Massachusetts Assistant Attorney General’s Insurance and Unemployment Fraud Division and as an Assistant District Attorney for Suffolk County, where she was in the gang unit and senior trial team, and a member of the Homicide Response Team. Ms. Critsley was also an Assistant District Attorney in the Northwestern District Attorney’s office for Hampshire and Franklin Counties, where she focused on prosecuting domestic violence cases. Ms. Critsley also served as an associate for Brody, Hardoon, Perkins & Kesten, LLC, and as a consultant for the Public Safety Strategies Group. She is an Adjunct Professor at Suffolk University, where she has designed and taught graduate seminar classes in the death penalty, community corrections, women and crime, and community-based responses to violence against women.  

In her new role, Ms. Critsley will serve as the principal advisor for legislative and executive branch relations for the Trial Court. She will develop comprehensive strategies for advancing the Court’s legislative agenda, assist in the coordination of strategic policy, planning, operational priorities and initiatives, and will represent the Trial Court before Legislative committees and Executive branch agencies. Ms. Critsley is a graduate of Suffolk University, where she received a J.D., and from Boston College, where she graduated with a B.A. in English. She also has a Certificate in Management from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Sheila C. Casey, Specialty Courts Administrator. In her most recent role, Ms. Casey was the Executive Director of Neighborhood Legal Services for Lawrence and Lynn, Massachusetts, where she managed the flow of legal work, fiscal operations, development, human resources and administration for more than 20 staff. Prior to that, Ms. Casey served Neighborhood Legal Services in various roles, including as Interim Executive Director, Staff Attorney for the Income and Employment Unit, and Staff Attorney for the organization’s Housing Unit, where she represented low income clients in administrative hearings and in District, Housing, and Superior Court cases.

As the new Specialty Courts Administrator, Ms. Casey will lead the development and implementation of educational programs and training for personnel involved in Specialty Courts. She will help establish a provider network of court connected services for Specialty Court participants, and cultivate community engagement and support for the Specialty Courts. Ms. Casey will also provide guidance and support to the Specialty Courts Steering Group, and ensure that data is regularly collected and utilized for metrics that monitor the progress of all Specialty Court activities, identifying best practices and problem areas for specific Courts.

A graduate from Western New England College (now University) School of Law, where she received a J.D., Ms. Casey also holds a Master in Public Administration, a B.A. in Spanish, and an Interpreter’s Certificate in Spanish, all from UMass/Amherst.