March 7, 2012

State and local officials participated in the official opening ceremony of the J. Michael Ruane Courthouse in Salem on February 28th.

Chief Justice Robert A. Mulligan welcomed court employees, community leaders and the families of the late Representative Ruane and the late Chief Justice Samuel E. Zoll.  He provided an overview of Rep. Ruane’s passion for Salem throughout his long public service career.

Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray, Supreme Judicial Court Justice Robert J. Cordy, and DCAM Commissioner Carole Cornelison commended the collaboration and creativity of local leaders which led to the construction of the new judicial complex in historic Salem.  To create space for the courthouse, a 204-year-old church on the site was relocated and incorporated into the complex as the Law Library. 

Senator Frederick E. Berry, Representative John D. Keenan, and Mayor Kimberley Driscoll highlighted the local and state partners who supported their vision to enhance the city of Salem and bring the delivery of justice in Essex County into the 21st century. 

Superior Court Judge Howard J. Whitehead commended the ongoing dedication of the employees who serve all the court departments in the complex.  Mass. Bar Association President-Elect Robert Holloway, Jr., a local practitioner, extended the bar’s appreciation for the new state-of-the-art courthouse.  Chief Justice Mulligan recognized the many DCAM and court employees, designers and contractors who supported the construction and relocation. 

Mass. Bar Association President-Elect Robert Holloway, Jr., former president of the Essex County Bar, provided a message of behalf of the bar.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, a plaque dedicated to the memory of Chief Justice Zoll was unveiled by his wife, son and granddaughter outside the District Court arraignment courtroom.  Chief Justice Zoll had served as Mayor of Salem and led the District Court from 1976 to 2004.

Chief Justice Mulligan welcomes the family of J. Michael Ruane to the opening ceremony of the courthouse named in his memory.
Chief Justice Mulligan welcomes the family of J. Michael Ruane to the opening ceremony of the courthouse named in his memory.
Court employees and guests wait for the ceremony to begin.
Court employees and guests wait for the ceremony to begin.
The Trial Court Honor Guard prepares to lead state and local officials into the courtroom to begin the ceremony.
The Trial Court Honor Guard prepares to lead state and local officials into the courtroom to begin the ceremony.
Lt. Governor Timothy Murray addresses those gathered to celebrate the opening of the J. Michael Ruane Judicial Center.
Lt. Governor Timothy Murray addresses those gathered to celebrate the opening of the J. Michael Ruane Judicial Center.
The Law Library in the Judicial Center is located in the former First Baptist Church, which was relocated on the site to make space for the courthouse construction.
The Law Library in the Judicial Center is located in the former First Baptist Church, which was relocated on the site to make space for the courthouse construction.
SJC Justice Robert Cordy provides a historical perspective on judicial proceedings in Salem.  From left are: Senator Fred Berry, Mayor Kimberley Driscoll and Representative John Keenan.
SJC Justice Robert Cordy provides a historical perspective on judicial proceedings in Salem. From left are: Senator Fred Berry, Mayor Kimberley Driscoll and Representative John Keenan.
DCAM Commissioner Carole Cornelison expresses the Administration’s interest in renovating the Probate and Family Court in Salem to complete the complex.
DCAM Commissioner Carole Cornelison expresses the Administration’s interest in renovating the Probate and Family Court in Salem to complete the complex.
Superior Court Judge Howard Whitehead commends the daily efforts of courthouse employees to ensure the delivery of justice.
Superior Court Judge Howard Whitehead commends the daily efforts of courthouse employees to ensure the delivery of justice.
From left, the son, granddaughter and wife of the late Chief Justice Zoll unveil the plaque in his memory at the courtroom entrance.
From left, the son, granddaughter and wife of the late Chief Justice Zoll unveil the plaque in his memory at the courtroom entrance.
View of the crowd at the opening.
Opening crowd.