Honorable Paul C. Dawley Appointed
Chief Justice of the District Court by
Chief Justice of the Trial Court Paula M. Carey
Chief Justice of the Trial Court Paula M. Carey today announced the appointment of Judge Paul C. Dawley as Chief Justice of the District Court for a five-year term effective September 1, 2013, in accordance with G.L. c.211B, §5. Judge Dawley has served on the District Court since 2001, and as a Regional Administrative Judge for that department since 2004. Acting Chief Justice of the District Court Paul F. LoConto has served on an interim basis since March.
“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Judge Paul Dawley to this very challenging role leading our largest court department,” said Chief Justice Carey. “His vision and breadth of judicial and administrative experience will drive the comprehensive implementation of the Trial Court’s ambitious strategic plan throughout the District Court. He is committed to court modernization on issues ranging from caseflow management to professional enhancement to recidivism reduction. He has a history of collaboration with internal and external partners and will bring this experience to enhance the operation of this 1,000-person department.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank Chief Justice LoConto for his dedicated commitment to the District Court during this period of transition. His steady, strong and supportive leadership has been a stabilizing influence for the court. I will always remain grateful for his support, professionalism and friendship”
As the Regional Administrative Judge for District Court Region 2, which includes all of Norfolk County and some courts in Bristol and Plymouth Counties, Judge Dawley oversees nine courts, coordinating the efforts of 30 judges, and he serves as the First Justice of the Brockton District Court. He chairs the District Court Committee on Probation and is the designated judge for the District Court’s drug lab cases in Plymouth County.
Judge Dawley said, “It is my privilege to be appointed to the position of Chief Justice of the District Court Department and I look forward to working every day with the hardworking men and women of the District Court – staff, probation officers, clerks and judges – in order to achieve excellence in the administration of public justice.”
He began working in the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office in 1990 and later became the Deputy First Assistant District Attorney supervising 40 attorneys responsible for the investigation of homicide and major felony cases. He is an adjunct faculty member at Stonehill College where he teaches classes in substantive and procedural criminal law. He is a graduate of Tufts University and Suffolk University Law School. A native of Revere, he now resides with his family in Scituate.
The District Court Department is comprised of 62 Divisions with 158 authorized judicial positions across the Commonwealth. The Massachusetts Trial Court, which recently issued a strategic plan entitled One Mission: Justice with Dignity and Speed, includes seven court departments with 379 judges who deliver justice in 101 courthouses across the state.