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Press Release Supreme Judicial Court Commences Search for Next Chief Justice of the Trial Court

For immediate release:
11/02/2021
  • Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  • Executive Office of the Trial Court
  • Massachusetts Court System

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Jennifer Donahue and Erika Gully-Santiago

BOSTON, MAWith Chief Justice Paula Carey retiring in January 2022, the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) has commenced the process to select her successor by issuing a notice inviting applications and nominations for the position of Chief Justice of the Trial Court.

The Chief Justice of the Trial Court is a key leadership position in the Massachusetts judiciary, with responsibility for the general superintendence of the judicial policy of the Trial Court. The Chief Justice of the Trial Court works in close collaboration with the Court Administrator to advance the mission of the Trial Court – “justice with dignity and speed.”

By statute, the position of Chief Justice of the Trial Court must be filled from among the judges of the Trial Court departments, by a majority vote of the Justices of the SJC. The Chief Justice of the Trial Court, like the Court Administrator, reports to the Justices through the Chief Justice of the SJC.

The application and nomination period will remain open until the close of business on November 30, 2021. Trial Court judges interested in the position, and others interested in nominating a Trial Court judge for consideration, should submit the required materials as set forth in the notice by that deadline.

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Media Contact for Supreme Judicial Court Commences Search for Next Chief Justice of the Trial Court

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court 

The Supreme Judicial Court is the Commonwealth's highest appellate court.

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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