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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS DIVISION
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Hartford, Connecticut 06106
(860) 757-2270, Fax (860) 757-2215

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 13, 2005
 

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Chief Court Administrator Joseph Pellegrino
to take Senior Judge Status

Chief Court Administrator Joseph H. Pellegrino announced today that he will take senior judge status, effective Feb. 1, 2006. Chief Justice William J. Sullivan has appointed the Honorable William J. Lavery, chief judge of the Appellate Court, to succeed Judge Pellegrino as chief court administrator.

“Joe Pellegrino is a dedicated public servant whose service as chief court administrator will be sorely missed. One of his most important accomplishments was the implementation of e-filing. Joe decided he wanted to make e-filing available within one year, and it was. Because of his efforts, we are a national leader in e-filing for state courts. This initiative continues to expand, and Joe is directly responsible for its success,” Chief Justice Sullivan said.

Judge Pellegrino will reach the mandatory retirement age of 70 in June 2006. Prior to reaching age 70, judges may elect senior judge status. Judge Pellegrino will hear Appellate Court cases as a senior judge, as he also is a judge of the Appellate Court.

“I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to serve as chief court administrator,” Judge Pellegrino said. “I know that Judge Lavery will do an excellent job. He is a very experienced administrator and a superb judge.”

A native of New Haven, Judge Pellegrino graduated in 1958 from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy. He earned a master of arts degree in education from Fairfield University in 1961 and his juris doctor from Boston College Law School in 1963.

Judge Pellegrino was in private practice in New Haven until 1990, when he was appointed a Superior Court judge. In May 1997, he was named chief administrative judge, civil division, a post he held until March 2000, when he was elevated to the Appellate Court. Now-retired Chief Justice Francis M. McDonald Jr. appointed Judge Pellegrino as chief court administrator in December 2000.

The chief court administrator oversees the day-to-day operations of the Judicial Branch. Judge Lavery will take on his new responsibilities effective Feb. 1, 2006. “It is a great honor to succeed Judge Pellegrino. He has played a significant role in administering the Judicial Branch and one of his most noteworthy accomplishments is the reduction of the civil case backlog,” Judge Lavery said.

Judge Lavery added, “I have enjoyed all my years as a judge and was honored to be chosen to serve as the chief judge of the Appellate Court. I am similarly honored that Chief Justice Sullivan has asked me to accept this appointment, and I will do my best to fulfill this great responsibility.”

Judge Lavery, 67, was appointed a Superior Court judge in 1981. He served as presiding judge in the Danbury Judicial District and chief administrative judge in Waterbury prior to his appointment to the Appellate Court in 1989. In March 2000, retired Chief Justice McDonald appointed Judge Lavery as chief judge of the Appellate Court.

A native of Bridgeport, Judge Lavery graduated from Fairfield Prep in 1955 and, then, in 1959 from Fairfield University with a bachelor of arts degree in economics and philosophy. Judge Lavery received his law degree from Fordham Law School in 1964. He was in private practice in Connecticut for 17 years.

Judge Lavery served two terms on the Bridgeport Board of Alderman (1963-1967) and two terms as a state representative (1967-71), where he served as chairman of the legislature’s Public Health and Safety Committee (1969-71). As a lawyer, he served as town and borough attorney for Newtown (1976-81), attorney for the Housing Authority of the City of Bridgeport (1969-72) and counsel to the Speaker of the House of Representatives (1971-73).

He has served his community as director of the AIDS Project of Greater Danbury, director of the Pope John Paul II Health Care Center and director of the Newtown Scholarship Association. He currently is the president of C.H. Booth Library of Newtown.

For further information, call the Judicial Branch’s External Affairs Division at (860) 757-2270.
 

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