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Judge Carroll to succeed Quinn as state's chief court aministrator

By Karen Florin

Publication: theday.com

Published June 14. 2013 1:00PM   Updated June 14. 2013 1:53PM

Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers announced today that Judge Patrick L. Carroll III would succeed Judge Barbara M. Quinn as the next chief court administrator.

Carroll, a Fairfield native who was appointed as a judge in 1996, has been serving as the deputy chief court administrator since 2007.

Rogers, speaking at the annual meeting of judges at the Middlesex Superior courthouse, announced also that Judge Elliot N. Solomon, currently administrative judge for the Tolland Judicial District, will be appointed as deputy chief court administrator.

Quinn, who has served as chief court administrator for the past six years, will turn 70 in December. State law requires that she retire as a Superior Court judge at age 70. Quinn said she would retire as of Oct. 1, but plans to continue serving as a judge trial referee.

“It has been a tremendous honor to serve the residents of Connecticut as chief court administrator, and I am grateful to Chief Justice Rogers for having appointed me to the position,” Judge Quinn said.

Prior to her appointment to the Superior Court bench in 1996, Quinn was engaged in private practice in New London for 19 years. She served as a judge of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Court and was a member of the tribe’s Child Protection Committee when the tribe was first establishing its child protection system in 1992.

Since her appointment to the bench, Quinn has served as Chief Administrative Judge for Juvenile Matters and has had several civil assignments, including the complex litigation docket. She has been on the faculty of the Connecticut Judges Institute and an adjunct lecturer at the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Rogers thanked Quinn for her service, saying she has “earned some rest and relaxation for all the hard work she’s done since she was appointed.

“She has managed an organization that has approximately 4,000 employees, an upcoming FY 14 budget of $515.5 million and more than 40 courthouses throughout the state,” Rogers said.

Carroll, a Fairfield native, practiced in his hometown for 17years prior to his appointment. He served in Norwalk, Danbury, Waterbury, Milford, Derby and Bridgeport handling civil, family, housing and criminal matters. He served for five years as the Administrative Judge for the Judicial District of Danbury and his most recent assignment on the bench was as the Presiding Judge for Criminal matters in the Bridgeport G.A.

Solomon, who also became a Superior Court Judge in 1996, served as the presiding judge for the family courts in the New London, Hartford and Tolland judicial districts and for criminal courts in Hartford and Tolland. He also served as the assistant administrative judge for the Hartford Judicial District and currently serves as the Administrative Judge of the Tolland Judicial District.

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