The Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court\u00a0today\u00a0announced the reappointment of the Honorable Paula M. Carey as Chief Justice of the Trial Court, pursuant to G. L. 211B, \u00a76. The reappointment will be effective\u00a0on\u00a0July 16, 2018, when Chief Justice Carey\u0027s first five-year term expires.\u00a0\u00a0\n\nIn considering Chief Justice Carey\u0027s reappointment, the Supreme Judicial Court surveyed many colleagues in the judiciary who have worked closely with her over the past five years.\u00a0\u00a0Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants announced: \u0022We found universal praise for her leadership, her willingness to listen and to collaborate, her intelligence and ability to \u0027get it,\u0027 her remarkable energy and work ethic, and her courage in dealing with tough problems. We are grateful that she is willing to embark on a second term as Chief Justice of the Trial Court.\u0022\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0The Chief Justice of the Trial Court is the policy and judicial head of the Trial Court, which includes the Boston Municipal, District, Housing, Juvenile, Land, Probate and Family, and Superior Courts, the Office of the Commissioner of Probation, and the Office of Jury Commissioner.\u00a0 The Chief Justice of the Trial Court has authority over all matters of judicial policy and appoints the departmental chief justices, oversees\u00a0caseflow\u00a0management and the establishment of programs and procedures to continuously improve access to justice by all segments of the Commonwealth\u0027s population.\n\nThe Chief Justice works closely with Trial Court Administrator Jonathan Williams to govern the Trial Court. Trial Court Administrator Williams began his five-year appointment in May of 2017.\n\n\u0022I am humbled and grateful to be reappointed as Chief Justice of the Trial Court by the Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court, and appreciate the confidence they continue to place in me,\u0022 said Chief Justice Paula Carey. \u0022I am so proud of the work done by the Massachusetts Trial Court. There is no more noble mission than the delivery of justice and every day the men and women of the Trial Court dedicate themselves to this goal. I am grateful for the opportunity to lead them as we expand access to justice and enhance public safety.\u0022\u00a0\n\nIn 2011, court reform legislation replaced the single position of Chief Justice for Administration and Management with two new positions of Chief Justice of the Trial Court and Trial Court Administrator. \u00a0 The Trial Court is comprised of 380 judges and more than 6,300 employees who work in 99 courthouses throughout the state.\n\nPrior to her first appointment as Chief Justice of the Trial Court in May of 2013, Chief Justice Carey had served as Chief Justice of the Probate and Family Court since 2007. \u00a0She was first appointed to the Probate and Family Court in 2001 as a circuit judge and then served as an associate justice in Norfolk County.\n\nIn 2011, Chief Justice Carey received the Boston Bar Association Citation of Judicial Excellence, the Haskell Freedman Award from the Massachusetts Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the MCLE Scholar-Mentor Award, and the Middlesex Bar Association\u0027s Distinguished Jurist Award. She is also a recipient of the Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers Distinguished Jurist Award in 2009, the Daniel F. Toomey Excellence in Judiciary Award in 2006, and the Massachusetts Judges Conference Probate and Family Court Judicial Excellence Award in 2004.\n\nPrior to her appointment as a judge, 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. Chief Justice Carey graduated\u00a0magna cum laude\u00a0from New England Law | Boston.