Business Litigation Session. Judge Allan Van Gestel has been the presiding judge in the Suffolk Superior Court Business Litigation Session (the BLS), since its inception in October 2000. The session has been an unqualified success, and is closely associated with Judge Van Gestel, who has brought expertise and integrity to the session.
However, Massachusetts has a mandatory retirement age of 70, and Judge Van Gestel turns 70 in December.
For an article discussing the history of the session and Judge Van Gestel’s imminent retirement click here.
For the rules of the BLS click here.
The question on the minds of many Massachusetts lawyers, of course, is whether Judge Van Gestel will be “recalled” for special assignments. Judge Van Gestel reportedly is open to the prospect, but so far, the State is mum on this issue.