JUSTICE OF THE LAND COURT PETER W. KILBORN
REAPPOINTED TO SECOND TERM
Chief Justice for Administration and Management of the Trial
Court, Hon. Barbara A. Dortch-Okara, acting in accordance
with G.L. c. 211B, §5, today announced the reappointment of
Hon. Peter W. Kilborn as Chief Justice of the Land Court.
Chief Justice Kilborn’s second term will end on February
17, 2003, upon his retirement from the judiciary when he reaches
the mandatory retirement age of seventy for judges.
He was first appointed as Chief Justice of the Land
Court for a five-year term by then Chief Justice for Administration
and Management John J. Irwin, Jr. on June 21, 1996.
As Chief Justice of the Land Court, Chief Justice Kilborn
is responsible for the administration and management of the
statewide court. The
Land Court has exclusive, original jurisdiction over the registration
of title to real property and disputes arising from such matters,
as well as over the foreclosure and redemption of real estate
tax liens. The Court
also hears cases involving other property matters, including
appeals of decisions by local planning boards and zoning boards
of appeal. In addition, the Court has superintendency
authority over the registered land office in each registry
Chief Justice Dortch-Okara said, “Chief Justice Kilborn’s
leadership of the Land Court during the past five years is
marked by his many accomplishments, by the high esteem in
which he is held by judges and lawyers, and by his dedicated
service to the judiciary and to the public.”
Chief Justice Kilborn was first appointed to the bench in
1990 as an Associate Justice of the Land Court by then Governor
Michael S. Dukakis. Before
his appointment as a judge, Chief Justice Kilborn was managing
partner in the Boston law firm of Rackemann, Sawyer &
Brewster. He began
his legal career at Tyler & Reynolds in Boston in 1960.
From 1962 until 1968, he practiced law at the Boston firm
of Mintz, Levin & Cohn.
Chief Justice Kilborn graduated from Harvard College in
1955, and then served two years in the U.S. Army. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1960. He is originally from Maine where he attended
public schools in Portland. He later went to Tabor Academy
in Marion, Massachusetts. Chief Justice Kilborn resides in