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PITTSFIELD — Courthouses across the state will be closed Friday so the Massachusetts Trial Court can hold a day of remembrance to honor the memory of Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants, who died Monday, after suffering a heart attack 10 days earlier.

The Middle Berkshire Registry of Deeds in Pittsfield, located in the same building as Berkshire Probate Court, also will be closed Friday. But, the Southern Berkshire Registry in Great Barrington and the Northern Berkshire Registry in Adams will be open.

Due to the closure of the Berkshire Probate Court building, there will be no drop-off recording, no electronic recording and no mail processed at the Middle Berkshire Registry on Friday. All of those recording procedures will resume Monday.

Gants, 65, served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Massachusetts and as chief of the Public Corruption Unit before Gov. Bill Weld appointed him to the Massachusetts Superior Court. Gants served in the Superior Court for 11 years, until Gov. Deval Patrick appointed him to the SJC in 2014.


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