PROVIDENCE – The Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court has appointed the first female administrator of the state court following the longtime administrator J. Joseph Baxter Jr. retires this week.

Chief Justice Paul A. Suttell has appointed Julie P. Hamil, who has worked as General Counsel for the High Court since 2016, to the highest administrative post in the judiciary. She was Deputy General Counsel from 2008 to 2016.

“I have the utmost confidence in Ms. Hamil’s knowledge of our justice system and in her ability to lead court staff and programs into the future,” Chief Justice Suttell said in a new statement. “I am grateful for Mr. Baxter’s decades of dedicated service, as well as for his support and guidance in improving the functioning of courts, including technological advancements.

As Administrator of the Supreme Court and Administrator of the State Court, Hamil will oversee all administrative matters affecting court operations, including oversight of technology, finance and budget, as well as employee relations. , community outreach and facilities.

Hamil is expected to pursue initiatives championed by Suttell, such as improving access to justice and ensuring racial and ethnic fairness in the courts, the statement said. She will earn $ 172,686, according to Craig N. Berke, spokesperson for the courts.

“I am grateful to Chief Justice Suttell for giving me the opportunity to follow in Joe Baxter’s footsteps and become the first female court administrator in the state of Rhode Island,” said Hamil, of East Greenwich .

“Through the pandemic, we have learned that as a branch of government we are much more adaptable and nimble than we thought. I look forward to leveraging the improvements and efficiencies achieved as a result of the pandemic to further improve the administration of justice in Rhode Island, ”continued Hamil, expressing his gratitude to Baxter.

Hamil previously worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County, Massachusetts and as a Civil Lawyer with Oliverio & Marcaccio LLP.

A lifelong native of Rhode Island and Bristol, Hamil is married with three children. She received her law degree from Suffolk University School of Law.

Baxter is retiring after 38 years of judicial service that began in family court, where he served as a courtroom clerk and became a family court administrator. He joined the Supreme Court as Deputy Administrator of the State Court for Employee Relations and Safety. In 2004, Chief Justice Frank J. Williams appointed him administrator of the state court.

During his tenure as a director, Baxter oversaw the transition to a new case management system with electronic filing, the construction of the Noel Court Complex in Warwick and the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal in Cranston as well as the restoration of all Courtrooms in the one-year-old 88- Licht Court Complex, according to the courts. In addition, he managed the implementation of the separation of powers in 2004 and numerous investment projects.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to have worked in the Rhode Island court system for the past 38 years,” Baxter said in a statement. “I am very proud of the dedication and exceptional work of our employees and judicial officers every day in the service of the people of Rhode Island. Under the leadership of Chief Justice Paul Suttell, our judicial branch is well positioned to meet the changing needs of those we serve.

Baxter will receive a monthly pension estimated at $ 10,437, according to Patricia Socarras, spokesperson for General Treasurer Seth Magaziner.

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