CHIEF JUSTICE FOR ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT
APPOINTS JUDGE CHARLES R. JOHNSON
AS NEW CHIEF JUSTICE OF BOSTON MUNICIPAL COURT
Boston, MA--Chief Justice for Administration
and Management Barbara A. Dortch-Okara announced today the
appointment of Honorable Charles R. Johnson as the new Chief
Justice of the Boston Municipal Court Department of the Trial
Court for a five-year term, in accordance with G.L. c. 211B,
Chief Justice Johnson,
who assumed his duties immediately, was appointed as an Associate
Justice of the Court in 1984, and had been serving as acting
Chief Justice of the Court since October 31, 2002, upon the
retirement of Chief Justice William J. Tierney.
these challenging times, Judge Johnson has proved to be a
dynamic and effective leader of the Boston Municipal Court.
I am confident he will continue to move the Court forward
as it serves the residents of Boston, Suffolk County, and
the Commonwealth,” Chief Justice Dortch-Okara said.
Boston Municipal Court Department has countywide civil and
equity jurisdiction, as well as jurisdiction in downtown Boston,
Beacon Hill, and part of the Back Bay over all criminal misdemeanors
and certain felonies.
am both pleased and honored to assume the leadership of this
important Trial Court Department and to continue its tradition
of service to the citizens of the Commonwealth,” Chief Justice
addition to his work on the bench, Chief Justice Johnson has
served on the Supreme Judicial Court Committee to Study Fee-Generating
Appointments, the Committee for the Elimination of Trial de
Novo, the Judicial Training Institute Advisory Committee,
the Trial Court Information Technology Project Advisory Board
and the Trial Court Information Technology Project Executive
Board. A resident of Newton, he also is a frequent speaker
at schools and youth service organizations in the Boston area.
his appointment as an Associate Justice of the Court, he practiced
law at the Roxbury firm of Kendall and Johnson. He also has
worked as a lawyer for the Roxbury Defenders Committee and
the Committee for Public Counsel Services. He graduated from
Harvard Law School in 1975, and received a B.S. degree from
Tuskegee University in 1971.