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Media Contact for Honorable Judith Fabricant Reappointed Chief Justice of the Superior Court by Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey
Jennifer Donahue and Erika Gully-Santiago
BOSTON, MA — Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey today announced the reappointment of Judge Judith Fabricant as Chief Justice of the Superior Court for a second five-year term in accordance with G.L. c.211B, §5.
“I am very pleased to reappoint Chief Justice Fabricant to lead the Superior Court for another five years,” said Chief Justice Carey. “She is highly respected by her colleagues and by members of the bar for her energy, intellect, leadership, compassion and high standards. Her reappointment was widely supported by judges and unanimously endorsed by the Superior Court Clerks Association. Chief Justice Fabricant is a strong, thoughtful leader who creates a climate of inclusion and support by seeking input from stakeholders and listening to their ideas.”
Judge Fabricant was appointed Chief Justice of the Superior Court in 2014. She joined that court in 1996, and served as a Regional Administrative Justice, as Administrative Justice for the Business Litigation Session, and as chair of the Education Committee. She also served on the Commission on Judicial Conduct and the Supreme Judicial Court Committee on Judicial Voir Dire. She received the Judicial Excellence Award from the Massachusetts Judges Conference in 2013.
Prior to her judicial service, Chief Justice Fabricant served as an Assistant Attorney General for Massachusetts, with four years as Chief of the Government Bureau. She also served as an Assistant District Attorney for Essex County and for Wake County, North Carolina. She worked for the Boston firm Hill & Barlow, after serving as a law clerk to the Hon. Levin H. Campbell of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. She is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School.
Chief Justice Fabricant and Court Administrator Jonathan S. Williams have reappointed Elaina M. Quinn as the Deputy Court Administrator for the Superior Court.
Chief Justice Fabricant said, “I am honored by Chief Justice Carey’s continued confidence in me, and by the support of the judges and clerks of the Superior Court. I look forward to continuing to work in collaboration with Deputy Court Administrator Elaina Quinn to achieve continuous improvement in the Superior Court’s fulfillment of its mission to provide justice with dignity and speed to all.”
The Superior Court Department comprises 14 counties with 82 authorized judicial positions across the Commonwealth. The Massachusetts Trial Court includes seven court departments with 385 judges who deliver justice in 99 courthouses across the state.