Veteran judge Paula M. Carey, 55, has been appointed chief justice of the Massachusetts trial courts, the Supreme Judicial Court announced Monday morning. Carey has been chief justice of the Probate and Family Court since 2007 and was 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,” Roderick L. Ireland, SJC chief justice, said in a statement. “We are confident that her energy, skills and passion for excellence in the courts are an outstanding match for this important leadership position.”
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