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Thursday, Jun. 18, 2009
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Fitchburg District Court designated Gelinas Courthouse to honor judicial legacy

The Fitchburg District Court was designated as the Gelinas Courthouse on June 16 in honor of the contributions of the late Hon. A. Andre Gelinas and the Hon. Andre A. Gelinas to the judiciary, bar and civic affairs of Fitchburg for more than 85 years.

Judge Andre A. Gelinas served on the Massachusetts Appeals Court from 1999 to 2008 after serving as a judge on the District Court since 1979. He now serves as the special advisor to the chief justice for administration and management for information technology. His late father, Hon. A. Andre Gelinas, was appointed in 1931 as a special justice of the Fitchburg District Court and later served as assistant district attorney and district attorney in Worcester County. In 1924, he founded the law firm Gelinas & Ward.

The ceremony featured U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy S. Hillman, who served as master of ceremonies. Speakers included Supreme Judicial Court Justice Judith A. Cowin, Appeals Court Chief Justice Phillip Rapoza, Chief Justice for Administration & Management Robert A. Mulligan and District Court Chief Justice Lynda M. Connolly. Fitchburg Mayor Lisa A. Wong, Rep. Stephen L. DiNatale, Sen. Jennifer L. Flanagan, former Sen. Robert Antonioni and former Worcester County Assistant District Attorney Warren C. Lane also delivered remarks.

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