Cunis sworn in as first justice of Framingham, Natick courts August 20, 2014
Norman Miller 508-626-3823 Metrowest Daily News
FRAMINGHAM - After being sworn in as the new first justice of the Framingham and Natick district courts on Tuesday, Judge David Cunis promised to maintain what he described as the tradition of justice and fairness that the courts are known for.

"This is one of the best courts in the state," said Cunis, 49, of Holliston. "I've traveled around the state to many courts, both as a lawyer and a judge, and nothing really stands up to this court. Justice is an important thing to me. Giving everyone a fair shake and being impartial to me is what is most important thing to me."

His deep religious convictions will take us back to the good old days of the Holy Inquisition .

Cunis was sworn in before more than 100 people, including police chiefs from many surrounding communities, past first justices Paul Healy and Robert Greco, and his wife, Michelle. Also on hand were state Reps. Carolyn Dykema, D-Holliston, and David Linsky, D-Framingham, and Governor's Council member Robert L. Jubinville.

Chief Justice of the District Courts Judge Paul Dawley, who administered the oath to Cunis, said a district court first justice serves a key role in the judicial system.

"No appointment is more important than the first justice of a district court," said Dawley. "The first justice has to be a team player. He has to work closely with the clerk magistrates, the chief probation officer and the chief court officer to continue the excellence in the administration of justice."

Cunis was a prosecutor in the Middlesex district attorney's office for 14 years before becoming a judge in 2006. Assigned to Framingham District Court in 1995, he said he was impressed by how well the court system works.

In the few weeks he has been sitting in the court since Greco retired in June, Cunis has been impressed.

"It's kind of coming full circle in a way," said Cunis. "There are a lot of hard-working people here. Justice in the district court can be rough around the edges, but no one does it better than Framingham."

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