It is a privilege and a pleasure to have the opportunity to speak with you each year about our common enterprise, the fair and efficient administration of justice. I say “our common enterprise” because the fair and efficient administration of justice is not only the work of judges and justices, but of clerks, court officers, probation officers, court facilities employees, and administrative staff.

Those who do not recognize it as a team effort have never presided over a courtroom. And, of course, we could not provide the quality of justice that the people of this Commonwealth deserve without the dedication, integrity, and, at times, courage of attorneys, witnesses, and jurors. I am grateful for all that you do, every day, in every courthouse in Massachusetts.

~ Ralph D. Gants   1954-1920  United States   Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts

Historical Age: New Age, 1950; Astrological Age, Pisces 1 AD – 2000; Sun Sign, Libra.