BOSTON (AP) - Judge Paul LoConto has been appointed as interim Chief Justice of the Massachusetts District Court.
LoConto has been a regional administrative judge of the District Court Department since 1999. He also has served as First Justice of the Worcester District Court since 2004.
Before that, he was First Justice of the Fitchburg and East Brookfield district courts. He also served as presiding justice of the Appellate Division of the District Court in the western region from 1989 to 2011.
LoConto recently served as chair of the Commission on Judicial Conduct from 2010 to 2012, and as a member since 2006.
LoConto will succeed Chief Justice Lynda Connolly, who will retire on March 1.