Hon. Paul LoConto Appointed as Chief Justice of the District Court
Chief Justice of the Trial Court Robert A. Mulligan today announced the appointment of Hon. Paul F. LoConto as interim Chief Justice of the District Court, in accordance with G.L. c.211B, §7. Judge LoConto will succeed Chief Justice Lynda M. Connolly, who will retire on March 1, 2013. Chief Justice Mulligan, who will reach the mandatory retirement age in July of this year, recently stated that his successor will appoint the Chief Justice of the District Court to the full five-year term.
Chief Justice Mulligan said, “I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Hon. Paul Loconto as Chief Justice of the District Court Department. Judge LoConto brings a wealth of experience and is highly respected for his ability as a judge, his steady, enlightened leadership and his thoughtful management style. I am confident that he will serve admirably as the leader of the largest court department of the Trial Court."
Judge LoConto has been a Regional Administrative Judge of the District Court Department since 1999. He also has served as First Justice of the Worcester District Court since 2004. Prior to that, he was First Justice of the Fitchburg District Court for five years and First Justice of the East Brookfield District Court for ten years. He also served as Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division of the District Court in the western region from 1989 to 2011. He was first appointed to the District Court Department in 1985. Previously, he served as Clerk Magistrate of the East Brookfield District Court for ten years, following his career as an attorney in private practice.
In addition, Judge LoConto recently served as chair of the Commission on Judicial Conduct from 2010 to 2012, and as a member since 2006. He also served on the Supreme Judicial Court's Committee on Judicial Performance Evaluation and on the District Court's Committee on Caseflow Management. Judge Loconto has been an adjunct instructor at several colleges and served in the Massachusetts National Guard from 1969 to 1975. He received a B.S. from Boston College, a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, and an LL.M. from Boston University Law School.
"I thank Chief Justice Mulligan for this appointment and I am honored to serve as Chief Justice of the District Court Department to continue the fine work of Chief Justice Connolly," said Judge Loconto.
The District Court Department is comprised of 62 Divisions with 158 authorized judicial positions across the Commonwealth. The Massachusetts Trial Court includes seven court departments with 379 judges who deliver justice in 100 courthouses across the state.