October 29, 2013
Revised Nomination Date
Notice from Chief Justice of the Trial Court Paula M. Carey
Regarding Appointments of Chief Justices for the
Boston Municipal Court and Land Court Departments of the Trial Court
On September 9th, I commenced the process for the appointment of the Chief Justice of the Boston Municipal Court and Land Court Departments. Pursuant to the Notice, Chief Justice Charles R. Johnson and Chief Justice Karyn F. Scheier submitted letters of interest, met with me, and provided their perspectives on the leadership needs of their departments. I have considered these applications and conducted an independent analysis to determine whether exceptional circumstances exist to require re-appointment after these committed leaders have served more than two full terms in the role of Chief Justice.
I have thoughtfully and carefully considered the operations of the Boston Municipal Court and the Land Court to assess whether the appointment of Chief Justices to a third term is in the overall best interest of the Trial Court. Leadership change contributes positively to the health and well-being of any organization. I strongly believe that the Trial Court must expand the leadership opportunities provided to the many dedicated judges with the vision, talent, and skills to advance its mission.
Chief Justice Johnson and Chief Justice Scheier have admirably led their departments for more than 10 years, however I have determined that no exceptional circumstances exist within these court departments to require re-appointment. In the course of making this determination, I have considered all of the oral and written communications I received and I greatly appreciate the thoughtful input provided.
Chief Justice Johnson has served as Chief Justice the Boston Municipal Court with distinction and dignity. Having served with him as a departmental Chief Justice since 2007, I know first-hand his dedication and commitment to the Boston Municipal Court. He championed a wide range of court reform initiatives, piloting the court user access and fairness survey, as well as a national metric on case file integrity. He established a Court Operations and Implementation Committee to replicate best practices throughout the department. He co-chaired the Trial Court’s Race and Ethnic Advisory Board and recently helped to revise and promulgate the Trial Court’s Affirmative Action and Diversity Plan. His leadership as Chief Justice will leave an enduring mark on the Trial Court and the Boston Municipal Court.
Chief Justice Scheier has led the Land Court in a thoughtful, collaborative style that allowed the introduction of more substantive reforms during her tenure than in the prior history of the Court. Advances introduced under her leadership include individual judicial calendars, the MassCourts case management system, electronic public access to the court docket, and Limited Assistance Representation. Chief Justice Scheier maintained an active caseload as she oversaw the relocation of the Land Court in 2003 and in 2010 and implemented administrative reforms. Her leadership, work ethic, experience, and commitment greatly enhance the Trial Court.
With this notice, I am soliciting nominations of judges, who can build upon the great strides made by Chief Justice Scheier and Chief Justice Johnson, to serve in the positions of:
- Chief Justice of the Boston Municipal Court and
- Chief Justice of the Land Court
I continue to seek comments from judges, attorneys, and others on the condition and operations of these two court departments; the priorities, future goals and direction of the courts; and the role of the Chief Justice in leading the courts to meet those goals.
All correspondence should be sent to my attention at the address below by November 7, 2013, or emailed to email@example.com.
Executive Office of the Trial Court
One Pemberton Square, 1M
Boston, MA 02108
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