Chief Justice Gants to deliver State of the Judiciary

Issue October 2014 By Mike Vigneux

Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants will deliver his first State of the Judiciary Address to the legal community at the Massachusetts Bar Association's annual Bench-Bar Symposium at 4 p.m., on Thursday, Oct. 16, at the John Adams Courthouse.

"This symposium is always a great event and having Chief Justice Gants deliver his first address to the legal community will make it even more memorable this year," said Massachusetts Bar Association President Marsha V. Kazarosian. "We look forward to working with Chief Justice Gants to maintain and strengthen the relationship between the bar and the judiciary, which is so vital to the administration of justice in our commonwealth."

Gants was officially sworn in as chief justice in July, replacing retired Chief Justice Roderick I. Ireland. Appointed to the SJC in 2009 by Gov. Deval L. Patrick, Gants previously served as an associate justice of the Superior Court.

"The judiciary has an ambitious agenda, but its success depends on the continued close collaboration among the bar, the Judiciary, the Legislature and the Executive," said Chief Justice Gants. "Together, we can improve access to justice for those unable to afford counsel, make our civil justice system more cost-effective and responsive to the needs of litigants, and make strides towards smart individualized sentencing that will provide fair punishment and diminish the risk of recidivism."

In addition to remarks by Gants and Kazarosian, other scheduled speakers at the event include Paula M. Carey, chief justice of the Massachusetts Trial Court, and Court Administrator Lewis H. "Harry" Spence.

The event is free to attend for members of the Massachusetts judiciary and bar; however, those interested in attending should register, as space is limited.

The speaking program will be followed by a special reception with complimentary appetizers and beverages.