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Some in the Massachusetts legal community are concerned that dozens of experienced judges may retire this year, making way for new judges who will take a while to get up to speed and slow down the justice system.

A $30,000 pay raise for judges takes effect July 1, prompting some to speculate that many will retire once the raise takes effect because they will be eligible for a higher pension.

Criminal defense attorney John Amabile says that a lot of new judges with little experience could “dramatically affect the quality of the administration of justice.” Others see turnover as good.

Martin Healy, chief legal counsel of the Massachusetts Bar Association says he sees it as “an infusion of new blood into a staid justice system.”

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