Jonathan S. Williams

Court Administrator

Jonathan S. Williams was appointed as the second Court Administrator of the Massachusetts Trial Court by the Supreme Judicial Court, effective May 2017.  He partners with the Chief Justice of the Trial Court in the oversight of 6,300 court staff and 100 court facilities.  He served four years as Senior Deputy Director in the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, where he supervised operations for the Judicial Branch, including technology, finance and general services.  He served as the Chief Reporter to the Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice, a 65-member multidisciplinary group tasked to make broad recommendations for court reform in North Carolina which delivered its final report in March 2017.

He previously served as Assistant Secretary for the North Carolina Department of Commerce and Chairman of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission. He spent ten years at the North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, including service as Deputy Secretary, as General Counsel, and as a member of the Sentencing and Policy Advisory Commission.  He also spent eight years as a civil litigator in private practice.  He received a bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy and a law degree from the University of North Carolina.

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.