Lynda M. Connolly Reappointed Chief Justice of
the District Court
by Chief Justice for Administration & Management Robert A. Mulligan
Justice for Administration & Management Robert A.
Mulligan today announced the reappointment of Chief Justice
Lynda M. Connolly to the District Court for a five-year
term, in accordance with G.L. c.211B, §5. Chief Justice
Connolly first was named Chief Justice in 2004 and has
served the District Court since 1997.
Justice Mulligan said, "I am pleased to announce
the reappointment of Chief Justice Lynda Connolly. I
am delighted that she is willing to serve another five
years in this extraordinarily challenging role leading
our largest court department. As Chief Justice, she has
demonstrated significant energy and vision in the implementation
of many management reforms, using performance-based measures
to improve the effectiveness and responsiveness of the
Justice Connolly's impressive skills and abilities also
have brought cohesion to this large organization of over
1,000 court staff. Despite the tremendous demands upon
her as Chief Justice, she has willingly undertaken the
additional responsibility of ably co-chairing the Trial
Court Fiscal Task Force which has been of substantial
benefit to the Trial Court in dealing with the present
Justice Mulligan said that Chief Justice Connolly received
strong support from judges and attorneys in the District
Court. She has received numerous honors, including the
Daniel J. Toomey Judicial Excellence Award recently presented
by the Massachusetts Bar Association and Massachusetts
Justice Connolly said, "Our accomplishments in the
District Court are the result of a remarkable collaborative
effort by judges, clerks, probation officers, support
staff, security and maintenance personnel. I am grateful
to them for their dedication and hard work in putting
a face on justice for the people seeking justice in over
800,000 cases filed in the District Courts each year.
I appreciate Chief Justice Mulligan's confidence in their
efforts and in mine."
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 106 courthouses
across the state.