Superior Court Massachusetts Judicial Assignments Superior

The BLS judges submit all of their written decisions for electronic access through the Social Law Library, which may be accessed on Social Law’s Substantive Law Database, and to Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Some decisions are also available on Westlaw, LexisNexis, Fastcase, and through the Massachusetts Law Reporter.

Presently: 

  • Judges Kaplan (January–June) and Leibensperger (July–December) sit in BLS1.
  • Judges Salinger (January–June) and Sanders (July–December) sit in BLS2.
  • Judge Sanders serves as the BLS Administrative Justice.

Judges, at their discretion, may retain jurisdiction over a BLS case when assigned to a non-BLS session.

Previous BLS Judges include:

  • Current Superior Court Justices Thomas P. Billings, Peter M. Lauriat, Christine M. Roach, and Chief Justice Judith Fabricant
  • Retired Superior Court Justices E. Susan Garsh, Margaret R. Hinkle, Stephen E. Neel, and Allan van Gestel 
  • Retired Associate Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court Margot Botsford
  • Current Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court Ralph D. Gants

Former Chief Justices of the Superior Court Suzanne V. DelVecchio and Barbara J. Rouse were instrumental in creating and overseeing the BLS.

9-80

In order to facilitate and clarify the orderly processing of requests by counsel for assignment of certain civil actions to a justice to be specially designated for pre-trial or trial proceedings or both, it is hereby ORDERED that the following uniform procedure is to be employed:

1. Definition. The term "party" shall mean the attorney of record for a party, if represented by counsel, or, if the party is not represented by an attorney, the party acting pro se.

2. If all of the parties agree that a particular civil action should be specially assigned to a justice of the Superior Court, designated by the Chief Justice of the Superior Court, they shall jointly complete and execute a "Request for Special Assignment of a Justice" in the form annexed hereto marked "Request A" Request A shall in each instance be accompanied by a copy of the current docket entries.

3. If a party (but not all of the parties) desires such a special assignment, the party(ies) seeking the assignment shall complete and execute a "Request for Special Assignment of a Justice" in the form annexed hereto marked "Request B." Request B shall in each instance be accompanied by a copy of the current docket entries.

4.Request A, fully completed, shall be submitted by the parties to the Chief Justice for his/her consideration and action thereon.

5.Request B, fully completed, shall be submitted by the requesting party(ies) to the Chief Justice for his/her consideration and action thereon. The submitting party(ies) shall notify all nonassenting parties of the submission to the Chief Justice; nonassenting parties will have seven days from receipt of the Request to submit a letter to the Chief Justice in opposition to the Request succinctly stating the grounds for the opposition thereto. Additionally, nonassenting parties may also recommend judges who would be acceptable for the special assignment should the request be approved by the Chief Justice.

6. Even if all parties have agreed, in his/her discretion the Chief Justice may require a conference with the parties before taking action on a Request. If so, the parties will be notified seasonably of time and place.

7. The Chief Justice will notify all parties of his/ her decision on each Request submitted, and, if allowed, of the identity of the justice specially appointed.

This standing order supercedes Standing Order 9-80 dated August 25, 1988. 

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