September 9, 2013
CHIEF JUSTICE OF LAND COURT AND BOSTON MUNICIPAL COURT
Pursuant to the authority in G.L. c. 2 11B § 5, I am commencing the process for the appointments of the Chief Justices of the Land Court and Boston Municipal Court Departments. In making these appointments, I will be applying a policy that calls for the presumptive rotation of departmental Chief Justices after two five-year terms, absent exceptional circumstances that warrant consideration of service beyond two terms.
Departmental Chief Justices assist me in designing and leading transformative change that will improve the effectiveness of the Trial Court in delivering justice. I believe that a presumptive rotational system is in the best interest of the Trial Court and will afford more leadership and advancement opportunities for judges.
As the current Chief Justices of both of the Land Court and Boston Municipal Court Departments have each served two terms, the selection of the Chief Justice for each of these departments will follow a two-stage process. The current Chief Justice of each department will be asked to submit a letter of interest by September 25, 2013 if he or she is seeking appointment to a further term and to demonstrate the exceptional circumstances that warrant such an appointment. If exceptional circumstances are deemed to exist the current Chief will be re-appointed for a term of years, not to exceed five years. If a determination is made that exceptional circumstances do not exist, I will seek nominations from among the other judges within that department with a new solicitation.
Throughout the process, I will seek comments from judges, court employees, attorneys and other interested persons on the condition and operations of both Courts, as well as information regarding the goals and direction of the Department.
Paula M. Carey
Chief Justice of the Trial Court
One Pemberton Square, 1M
Boston, MA 02108
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