Acting Register Appointed for Suffolk County Probate and Family Court
Chief Justice of the Probate and Family Court Paula M. Carey and First Justice John M. Smoot of the Court's Suffolk Division today announced the appointment of Sandra Giovannucci as the Temporary Register of the Suffolk Probate and Family Court. She will be sworn in on April 1, 2011, by Judge Smoot to succeed Richard Iannella who is retiring after 14 years of service as Register of the Court
"I am pleased to announce my appointment of Sandra Giovannucci as the Temporary register," said Judge Smoot. "Sandy has served this court since 1980 as a Head Administrative Assistant, Office Manager and Deputy Assistant Register. She has won the confidence of the court staff and is broadly respected for her competence and willingness to accept any challenge given her to keep the court functioning at a high level". Chief Justice Carey added "I wholeheartedly support the appointment of Sandra Giovannucci as temporary register. She fully appreciates the needs of the citizens of Suffolk County and tirelessly works to ensure that all persons have the access to justice they deserve."
Register Iannella applauded the appointment of Ms. Giovannucci and said, "Sandy has been an instrumental part of my team making the court user friendly and understanding the importance of serving the public. The people of Suffolk County will be well represented by her management of the Registry."
The retirement of the previous register requires, by law, the appointment of a temporary register to be named by the First Justice of the local Probate and Family Court. That appointment may be followed by an appointment of an Interim Register to be named by the Governor. The Interim Register would serve until an election in the fall of 2012 when a permanent Register will be elected.