Stonehill Adjunct Professor of Criminology Paul Dawley was recently named chief justice of the District Courts. He has served on the court since 2001 and as a regional administrative judge since 2004.
"He is committed to court modernization on issues ranging from case flow management to professional enhancement to recidivism reduction," said Judge Paula Carey, chief justice of the Trial Court.
Dawley began teaching at Stonehill in the spring of 2008 and teaches courses in substantive and procedural criminal law.
As regional administrative judge for District Court Region 2, he has overseen nine courts and 30 judges and served as first justice of Brockton District Court.
Dawley began working in the Plymouth County district attorney's office in 1990 and later became the deputy first assistant district attorney.
Dawley's five-year term as chief justice began Sept. 1.
"I look forward to working every day with the hardworking men and women of the District Court — staff, probation officers, clerks and judges — in order to achieve excellence in the administration of public justice," Dawley said.