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Hon. Paula Carey

Chief Justice of the MA Trial Court

Hon. Paula M. Carey was appointed Chief Justice of the Trial Court in July 2013 by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.  She had served as the Chief Justice of the Probate and Family Court since October 2007.  She was appointed an Associate Justice of the Norfolk Probate and Family Court in 2001.


Prior to her appointment to the bench in January 2001, Chief Justice Carey was a partner in the firm of Carey & Mooney, PC, where she specialized in domestic relations matters.  She has lectured and authored material for numerous publications and educational programs in the area of domestic relations, both as a practitioner and as a judge.  She is a graduate of New England School of Law.


Chief Justice Carey is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, previously serving on the Family Law Section Council, the Boston Bar Association and Suffolk University Advanced Legal Studies.  She is also a member of the Massachusetts Family and Probate American Inn of Court and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.


During her career she has been honored by organizations including the Massachusetts Bar Association with the Daniel J. Toomey Excellence in the Judiciary Award, the Massachusetts Judges Conference, the Middlesex Bar Association, MCLE, Mass. Association of Women Lawyers and the Mass. Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the Haskell Cohn Award for Distinguished Judicial Service from the Boston Bar Association in 2013 and was the Dean’s Reception Honoree at New England Law for her commitment to public service and dedication to the law school and its students.  Most recently, she received the Greater Boston Fiduciary Law American Inn of Court Award of Excellence and the Mass Judges Conference President’s Award of 2016.


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