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 court.
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 fiscal crisis."
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 Lawyers Weekly.
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.