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Boston Bar Calls Paula M. Carey Superb Choice for Trial Court Chief

Upon learning that the Honorable Paula M. Carey  -- currently Chief Justice of the Probate and Family Court -- has been appointed to serve as the new Chief Justice of the Trial Court, effective July 16, 2013, Boston Bar Association President J.D. Smeallie issued the following statement:

"Chief Justice Paula Carey is a superb choice for which we thank the Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court. Her leadership of the Probate and Family Court over the past seven years has been exemplary.  Implementing important reforms where necessary, she kept the court functioning amid woefully inadequate funding, too few judges, many, many self-represented litigants and a fraction of the staff needed to handle the thousands of cases handled in that court each year.

Chief Justice Carey has a well-earned reputation for innovation and cooperation with both judges and line staff, and we look forward to working with her in her new position."

In 2011, the Boston Bar Association awarded Chief Justice Carey its Citation of Judicial Excellence.

The Boston Bar Association traces its origins to meetings convened by John Adams, who provided pro bono representation to the British soldiers prosecuted for the Boston Massacre and went on to become the nation’s second president. Its mission is to advance the highest standards of excellence for the legal profession, facilitate access to justice, serve the community at large and promote diversity and inclusion.