Judge Paula M. Carey Reappointed Chief Justice
of the Probate & Family Court
by Chief Justice Robert A. Mulligan
Trial Court Chief Justice Robert A. Mulligan today announced the reappointment of Chief Justice Paula M. Carey of the Probate and Family Court to a second five-year term in accordance with G.L. c211B, §5. Chief Justice Carey’s new five-year term will commence on September 27, 2012.
“I am very pleased to reappoint Chief Justice Paula Carey to lead the Probate and Family Court for the next five years,” said Chief Justice Mulligan. “Chief Justice Carey enjoys extraordinary, broad-based support from her judges and the probate and family bar. She has brought tremendous energy, enthusiasm and leadership skills that render her extremely qualified to continue to lead the Probate and Family Court. The many substantial improvements under her leadership include guardianship reform, implementation of the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code, development of interdisciplinary settlement project teams, and development of training to address the significant changes resulting from alimony reform. I have every confidence that Chief Justice Carey will oversee continuous improvement and innovation in the Probate and Family Court for another five years.”
Chief Justice Carey said, “I am humbled by the opportunity given to me by Chief Justice Mulligan to serve the Trial Court as the Probate and Family Court Chief Justice for another term. I have found my work as Chief Justice challenging and satisfying. I consider myself fortunate to have a leadership position in a Court where the judges and employees have a passionate belief in the work we do. I am thankful to be a part of a re-energized organization and look forward to working to meet the mission of the Court.”
Chief Justice Carey was appointed as a judge in the Probate & Family Court in 2001. In 2004 the Massachusetts Judges Conference presented her with a Judicial Excellence Award and in 2006, she received the Daniel J. Toomey Judicial Excellence Award from the Massachusetts Bar Association. Other awards include the Distinguished Jurist Award from the Mass. Association of Women Lawyers (2009), Boston Bar Association Citation of Excellence (2011), Middlesex Bar Association Distinguished Jurist Award (2011) and the Haskell Freedman Award of the Mass. Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (201l).
The Probate and Family Court Department is comprised of 14 Divisions with 51 authorized judicial positions across the Commonwealth. The Massachusetts Trial Court includes seven court departments with 380 judges who deliver justice to thousands of people daily in 101 courthouses across the state.