Honorable Martha P. Grace Reappointed Chief Justice
of the Juvenile Court
by Chief Justice for Administration and Management Robert A. Mulligan
Justice for Administration and Management Robert A.
Mulligan today announced the reappointment of Chief
Justice Martha P. Grace to the Juvenile Court for a
five-year term, in accordance with G.L. c211B, §5.
Chief Justice Grace first was named Chief Justice in
1998 and has served the Juvenile Court since 1990.
Justice Mulligan said, "I am very pleased to
announce the reappointment of Chief Justice Martha
Grace. Under her leadership the Juvenile Court effectively
introduced significant management reforms which have
enhanced the delivery of justice. She brings tremendous
energy and insight to the sensitive issues faced by
the Juvenile Court. She is a tireless advocate focused
on the children impacted by the court's practices
Justice Mulligan said that Chief Justice Grace received
extraordinary support from the judges in the Juvenile
Court. She has received numerous honors from child
welfare agencies and community organizations for her
work on behalf of children, including the Distinguished
Service Award from the Massachusetts Department of
Justice Grace said, “It has been an honor and
privilege to serve in this capacity and I thank Chief
Justice Mulligan for his confidence in me. I plan to
build on the gains made in case management, the use
of court metrics and uniform practices.
past ten years have been a time of movement from full
establishment of the Juvenile Court's infrastructure
to a unified and cohesive department," she added. "I
am proud of the work of the Juvenile Court and of our
judges, clerks, probation officers and employees at
all levels, individually and collectively."
Juvenile Court Department is comprised of 11 Divisions
with 41 authorized judicial positions across the Commonwealth.
The Massachusetts Trial Court includes seven court
departments with 379 judges who deliver justice in
106 courthouses across the state. Comprehensive management
reform is underway in the courts to increase efficiency,
accountability and transparency in this large, complex
organization that delivers access to justice to thousands
of people daily.