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News Notice from Hon. Jeffrey A. Locke, Chief Justice of the Trial Court on the Appointment of a New Chief Justice of the District Court Department

5/31/2022
  • District Court
  • Executive Office of the Trial Court
  • Massachusetts Court System

In light of his decision to step down from the bench, the term of the Honorable Paul C. Dawley as Chief Justice of the District Court Department will expire on July 29, 2022. Pursuant to G.L. c. 211B, § 5, the Chief Justice of the Trial Court is authorized to appoint a successor Chief Justice from among the justices appointed to the District Court, for a 5-year term. Accordingly, I hereby seek nominations, including self-nomination, for the position of Chief Justice of the District Court Department.

In furtherance of the selection process, I am soliciting comments from judges, court employees, attorneys, and other interested persons on the condition and operations of the District Court Department, its priorities and accomplishments, the future goals and direction of the court, and the role of the Chief Justice in leading the court in the future.

All correspondence should be sent to my attention at the address below or emailed to cjappt@jud.state.ma.us by Tuesday, June14, 2022.

Executive Office of the Trial Court
John Adams Courthouse
One Pemberton Square, 1M
Boston, MA 02108

District Court 

The District Court Department hears a wide range of criminal, civil, housing, juvenile, mental health, and other types of cases.

Executive Office of the Trial Court 

The Executive Office of the Trial Court facilitates communication and enables joint leadership of the Trial Court by the Chief Justice of the Trial Court and the Court Administrator.

Massachusetts Court System 

The Massachusetts court system consists of the Supreme Judicial Court, the Appeals Court, the Executive Office of the Trial Court, the 7 Trial Court departments, the Massachusetts Probation Service, and the Office of Jury Commissioner.
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