Hon. John M. Smoot (Ret.)

Work Experience


            1990 - 2012              Trial Court Judge - Probate and Family Court – Boston


            1980 - 1990               Assistant Register - Probate and Family Court


           1978 - 1980               Mediator - Investigator - Probate and Family Court




            1995 - 2005              Supreme Judicial Court Judicial Ethics Advisory



            1995 - 1998              Supreme Judicial Court Committee on Fee Generating



            1990 - 1994              Supreme Judicial Court Committee on Professional

                                               Responsibility for Clerks of Court


            1990 - 1996              Board of Directors - American Judicature Society




           Boston College High School – 1971


            Yale University – 1976


           Suffolk University Law School – 1981




            Married         Elaine Moss Smoot             1978


           Children        Benjamin, Elizabeth, John Joseph, Daniel

St. Mark's
Boston College High School
BC High '71
Yale University
Harvard 21 Yale 16
Harvard 10 Yale 7
John Said No to
Skull and Bones
Elaine Said Yes
to John
Family Service Officer
Assistant Register
of Probate
Swearing In Ceremony
Old Courthouse Boston
New Courthouse Boston
National Adoption Day
Probate and Family Court Colleagues Circa 2008
Children 1998
Children 2009
Family 2012
Boston Common  2012

As a trial judge, John received a number of compliments from the Appellate Courts including the following:



[T]he judge’s thoughtful memorandum of decision and order . . .   (December 1993)



[The judge’s] findings are detailed and contain helpful references to transcript and exhibits. The judge acted expeditiously in completing his findings and ruling . . .   (March 1994)



The judge, with commendable promptness, filed a twenty-six-page comprehensive decision comprising a procedural history, 100 findings of fact, a discussion of ancillary issues, and 15 conclusions of law.   (May 1994)



The judge [issued] “thorough findings and conclusions”.   (July 1996)



We conclude, on the basis of the judge’s meticulous, comprehensive, and incisive findings of fact and conclusions of law, that . . .   (January 1997)



We summarize the “extensive and thoughtful findings of the trial judge”.   (March 2007)



In a thoughtful memorandum of decision . . .


In a thoughtful discussion, the judge found . . .


The thoughtful process the judge has put in place . . .   (September 2009)


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