On average, 45,000 people enter the Massachusetts courts each
day, starting and ending their court visits in the office of the
For members of the public visiting the Boston Municipal Court,
that usually means they will run into Daniel J. Hogan, who has
served as the court's clerk-magistrate for 11 years and manages the
largest clerks' office in the commonwealth.
"The clerk-magistrate is an integral cog in the wheels of
justice," said Hogan. "Every piece of paper in the courthouse
begins with a clerk - small claims, search warrants, making
determinations of probable cause - we perform every function that a
judge does with the exception of saying 'Guilty.'"