In Massachusetts, each on-call judge usually ends up handling about 30 calls per week.
Sleep, family time and dinners are often interrupted. Once, Carey was at a Bruins game when she got a call. Another time, she had to pull over on Interstate 495 after receiving a call.
The judges are given a daylong training every year covering restraining orders, harassment orders, search warrants and other things they may be asked to deal with while they are on call.
District Court Judge Marianne Hinkle, one of the judges who teaches the training workshop, said most judges take their on-call duties in stride.
‘‘It’s a responsibility that is just part of our job,’’ she said.