Supreme Judicial Court Appoints Honorable Paula M. Carey
as New Chief Justice of the Trial Court
The Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court today announced the appointment of the Honorable Paula M. Carey as the new Chief Justice of the Trial Court, pursuant to G.L. 211B, § 6.
"The Justices are very pleased that Chief Justice Paula Carey, a proven leader respected by all, will serve as Chief Justice of the Trial Court in these challenging times. We are confident that her energy, skills and passion for excellence in the courts are an outstanding match for this important leadership position," said Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland.
The Justices also said that they were fortunate to have had excellent candidates and four extremely well qualified finalists for the position and were grateful that such talented judges were willing to serve.
The five-year appointment is effective on July 16, 2013, when Chief Justice Robert A. Mulligan retires after 33 years of exemplary service. Chief Justice Mulligan has served with distinction as the Chief Justice for Administration and Management and as Chief Justice of the Trial Court since he was appointed by the Court in 2003.
"The Justices are grateful to Chief Justice Mulligan for his strong leadership and commitment to improving court management over the past decade. He has achieved tremendous advances in the key areas of information technology, time standards and case metrics, courthouse construction, and access to justice, among others. We greatly appreciate his steadfast dedication and extensive service to the delivery of justice," said Chief Justice Ireland.
Recent legislation replaced the single position of Chief Justice for Administration and Management with two new positions of Chief Justice of the Trial Court and Court Administrator. The Chief Justice of the Trial Court is the policy and judicial head of the Trial Court, which includes the Boston Municipal, District, Housing, Juvenile, Land, Probate and Family and Superior Courts, the Office of Commissioner of Probation, and the Office of Jury Commissioner. The Trial Court is comprised of 380 judges and more than 6000 employees who work in 100 courthouses throughout the state.
As Chief Justice of the Trial Court, Chief Justice Carey will promote, with Court Administrator Harry Spence, fair, innovative and efficient means of ensuring justice in a 21st century environment of rapid and dynamic change. The Chief Justice of the Trial Court's authority over all matters of judicial policy, include the appointment of departmental Chief Justices, oversight of caseflow management and the establishment of programs and procedures to continuously improve access to justice by all segments of the Commonwealth's population.
Chief Justice Carey has served as Chief Justice of the Probate and Family Court since 2007. She was first appointed to the Probate and Family Court in 2001 as a circuit judge and then served as an Associate Justice in Norfolk County. She brings significant leadership experience to the position of Chief Justice of the Trial Court. She was instrumental in the development, adoption and implementation of the Uniform Probate Code, which instituted major reforms in guardianship and probate procedures. Her many leadership roles include service as Chair of the Child Support Guidelines Task Force, the Time Standards Committee, the Staffing Model Committee, and the Probate and Family Court Legislative Committee. She also served on the Budget Advisory Committee and currently is a member of the Governor's Working Group on Child Custody Laws and on Child Centered Family Law.
In 2011, Chief Justice Carey received the Boston Bar Association Citation of Judicial Excellence, the Haskell Freedman Award from the Massachusetts Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the MCLE Scholar-Mentor Award, and the Middlesex Bar Association's Distinguished Jurist Award. She is also a recipient of the Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers Distinguished Jurist Award in 2009, the Daniel F. Toomey Excellence in Judiciary Award in 2006, and the Massachusetts Judges Conference Probate and Family Court Judicial Excellence Award in 2004.
Prior to her appointment as a judge, she co-founded the firm Carey and Mooney, PC, a family law practice. While in private practice, she chaired the Family Law Section of the Massachusetts Bar Association and served on the Family Law Steering Committee of the Boston Bar Association. Chief Justice Carey graduated magna cum laude from New England Law | Boston.