Honorable Phyllis J. Broker Appointed as First Justice of
the Woburn District Court
Boston — Chief
Justice of the District Court Lynda M. Connolly today announced
the appointment of Judge Phyllis J. Broker as the First
Justice of the Woburn District Court. Judge Broker will
serve as the Acting First Justice until she is administered
the oath of office by Chief Justice Connolly at a swearing-in
ceremony that will take place early next year. Judge Broker
fills the position held by former First Justice Marie O.
Jackson, who stepped down from her position as First Justice.
Judge George Sprague served as the Acting First Justice
in Woburn, prior to Judge Broker's appointment.
term for a First Justice is five years, subject to renewal,
and all First Justice appointments must be approved by
Chief Justice for Administration and Management Robert
announcing the appointment Chief Justice Connolly said, "The
First Justice of a court is integral to setting a tone
of hard work, integrity and compassion; Judge Broker possesses
the leadership and the character to fulfill this charge.
She has sat regularly in Woburn and is familiar with the
needs of the court and the community. She has deservedly
earned the respect of the individuals and entities associated
with the Court, and I am delighted to welcome her to the
management team of the District Court."
Broker was appointed as an Associate Justice of the Woburn
District Court by Governor Paul Cellucci in 1999. She chairs
the District Court Criminal Proceedings Committee. Prior
to her judicial appointment, Judge Broker worked as an
Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County and was later
designated as the Chief of the Homicide Unit and as a Senior
Trial Attorney of the Sexual Assault Unit. Judge Broker
received her undergraduate degree from Northeastern University
in 1973, and graduated from Northeastern University School
of Law in 1976.