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Attorneys and jurors asked to respond to questionnaires about judges in District, Superior, Juvenile, Probate and Family, and Housing Courts.
8/21/2019
  • Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  • District Court
  • Superior Court
  • Probate and Family Court
  • Housing Court
  • Juvenile Court

As part of the ongoing program to evaluate and enhance judicial performance, the Supreme Judicial Court is now sending questionnaires to attorneys and court employees to evaluate District, Superior, Probate and Family, Housing and Juvenile Court judges in Worcester County. Jurors who participate in trials will receive questionnaires upon completion of their jury duty for the next several months.

Attorneys will receive an email invitation to use the confidential, encrypted evaluation website and are given a username and password. The Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee requests that attorneys who receive questionnaires complete and return them to the Supreme Judicial Court as soon as possible, as the success of the evaluation program depends upon timely responses. A high rate of participation enables the Committee to provide judges with fair and complete evaluations. Questionnaires will be accepted by the Court through the end of September.

Among the categories covered in the evaluations are: a judge's knowledge of the law; temperament on the bench; courtroom control; treatment of courtroom participants; and issuing clear rulings.

All responses are anonymous. The resulting reports are also confidential and are given only to the judge being evaluated and to the appropriate Chief Justices. The evaluation reports are then discussed in a meeting between the judge and the department chief justice and taken into account for the judge’s professional development.

Please direct any inquiries concerning questionnaires and evaluations to Mona Hochberg, Supreme Judicial Court Judicial Performance Evaluation Coordinator, at (617) 557-1156, or via email at mona.hochberg@jud.state.ma.us.

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court 

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

District Court 

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

Superior Court 

The Superior Court Department is a statewide court that handles both criminal and civil actions.

Probate and Family Court 

The Probate and Family Court Department handles matters involving families and children, like divorce, child support, and wills.

Housing Court 

The Housing Court hears eviction cases, small claims cases, and civil actions involving personal injury, property damage, breach of contract, discrimination, and other claims. The Housing Court also hears code enforcement actions and appeals of local zoning board decisions that affect residential housing. The Housing court is led by Chief Justice Timothy F. Sullivan and Deputy Court Administrator Benjamin O. Adeyinka. The Housing Court has 15 judges and covers all fourteen counties of the Commonwealth. The Housing Court has 6 divisions: Central, Eastern, Metro South, Northeast, Southeast, and Western.

Juvenile Court 

The Juvenile Court Department oversees civil and criminal matters statewide involving children including youthful offender, care and protection, and delinquency cases.
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