Inside the Worcester County
Probate & Family Court
As one of the busiest Probate and Family Courts in the Commonwealth, the Worcester division is located at 225 Main St. in Worcester. It is one block from both Mechanics Hall and the DCU Center. There is plenty of parking available on the street, as well as lots located within blocks of the courthouse.
The court is accessible using the Framingham/Worcester line of the MBTA, and the closest stop is Union Station, which is less than a half-mile from the court. Transportation is also available by using the Worcester Regional Transit Authority.
Five judges typically sit in Worcester County’s Probate and Family Court, which serves the second-most populous county in Massachusetts:
- Hon. Leilah A. Keamy, First Justice (Courtroom 2)
- Hon. Kathryn M. Bailey, Associate Justice (Courtroom 12)
- Hon. Lucille A. DiLeo, Associate Justice (Courtroom 8)
- Hon. Denise Meagher, Associate Justice (Courtroom 1)
- Hon. Gregory V. Roach, Associate Justice (Courtroom 11)
Judges in the Worcester Probate and Family Court are randomly assigned to each case based on docket number. Judge Meagher is assigned #’s 44-46 and 67-83; Judge Bailey hears #’s 38-40 and 16-32; Judge Keamy handles #’s 1-15 and 33-37; Judge DeLeo hears case #’s 47-49 and 84-00, and Judge Roach hears #41-43 and 50-66.
Information on Worcester County Family Judges
Judge Bailey received her undergraduate degree locally, from Assumption College (1993) and her Juris Doctorate from the Massachusetts School of Law at Andover (1996). Prior to joining the bench, Judge Bailey was a private practitioner in Clinton, MA, focusing on family and probate court litigation.
In his early years, Judge Roach practiced tort law, domestic relations, criminal law and contract disputes. He was a sole practitioner before later becoming a partner at two different Fitchburg law firms.
Unique Statistics Relating to the Worcester County Probate & Family Court
Of the 31,788 modification cases filed in Massachusetts in 2014, Worcester County had more filings – 5,608 (almost 20 percent). Statistics suggest a stronger labor market drove household incomes higher, which oftentimes warrant a change in the obligor’s support obligation.
Complaints to Enforce a Foreign Decree or Judgment are commonly filed in Worcester. This is a foreign judgment from another state and one party is seeking to have it enforced in Massachusetts.
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