Paula M. Carey, chief justice of Probate and Family Court, is named to lead Trial Court

Veteran judge Paula M. Carey has been appointed as chief justice of the Trial Court, the justices of the Supreme Judicial Court announced this morning.

Carey has been chief justice of the Probate and Family Court since 2007 and was originally appointed as a Probate and Family Court judge in 2001.

“The Justices are very pleased that Chief Justice Paula Carey, a proven leader respected by all, will serve as Chief Justice of the Trial Court in these challenging times. We are confident that her energy, skills and passion for excellence in the courts are an outstanding match for this important leadership position,’’ Roderick L. Ireland, chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, said in a statement.


In addition to hearing cases, the Supreme Judicial Court oversees the state court system.

Carey’s five-year appointment will begin on July 16, when the current chief justice of the trial court, Robert A. Mulligan, retires after 33 years of service.

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