Judge Paula M. Carey Named Chief Justice of the Probate and Family Court by
Chief Justice for Administration and Management Robert A. Mulligan
Justice for Administration and Management Robert A. Mulligan
today announced the appointment of Judge Paula M. Carey of
Burlington as the new Chief Justice of the Probate and Family
Court for a five-year term, in accordance with
G.L. c211B, §5. Judge Carey succeeds Chief Justice Sean
M. Dunphy, who will retire on September 30, 2007, after 29
years of exemplary service. Chief Justice Dunphy has served
with distinction as Chief Justice of the Probate and Family
Court since 1997.
Chief Justice Mulligan said, "I am very pleased to
announce the selection of Judge Paula Carey to succeed Chief
Justice Sean Dunphy as the next Chief Justice of the Probate
and Family Court Department. Judge Carey brings a high degree
of intelligence, experience and leadership skills that render
her extremely qualified to lead the Probate and Family Court.
She is highly respected for her extraordinary energy, work
ethic and depth of knowledge in the area of Family Law. She
will contribute significantly to the management reform efforts
underway in the Massachusetts Trial Court through her commitment
to the continuous improvement of access to justice for families
across the state."
Chief Justice Mulligan said that he was presented with excellent
candidates for the position of Chief Justice. He also commended
Chief Justice Dunphy as a thoughtful, intelligent dean of
the Trial Court Chief Justices and said that he would miss
his cheerful and wise counsel.
Judge Carey has been a Probate and Family Court judge since
her appointment to the bench in 2001. She currently sits
in Norfolk County and serves as a member of the Child Support
Guidelines Task Force.
Judge Carey said, "I would like to thank Chief Justice
Mulligan for his confidence in my abilities and for providing
me with this wonderful opportunity. I would also like to
thank Chief Justice Dunphy for his commitment to our Court
and the system over the last 29 years, specifically the last
10 years as Chief. I will miss his guidance and support.
I look forward to working with my colleagues and the staff
of the Probate and Family Court at a time when our Court
is undergoing great positive change with the introduction
of time standards, Mass Courts, and increased performance
accountability measures. I am mindful of the challenges we
face and am committed to providing leadership and accountability
in ensuring access to justice in all of our Courts."
In 2006, she received the Daniel J. Toomey Excellence in
Judiciary Award and in 2004 the Probate and Family Court
Division of the Massachusetts Judges Conference presented
her with a Judicial Excellence Award.
In 1989, 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. Judge Carey graduated
magna cum laude from the New England School of Law.
The Probate and Family Court Department is comprised
of 14 Divisions with 51 judges across the Commonwealth.
The Massachusetts Trial Court includes seven court departments
with 380 judges who deliver justice in 110 courthouses
across the state. Comprehensive management reform is underway
in the courts to increase efficiency, accountability and
transparency in this large, complex organization that delivers
access to justice to thousands of people daily.