What does "hopefully" mean here?
"Hopefully" here means something similar to "it is to be hoped that" or "if all goes well." Thus, the speaker can be understood as saying "the judge was there to wish him well on, hopefully, a new path in life" to mean "the judge was there to wish him well on, if all goes well, a new path in life." "Hopefully" is an adverb often used to indicate that should be a situation progress in a positive direction, [x] would happen. Ex: Hopefully, it won't rain tomorrow. Ex: I submitted my university application and hopefully, I should receive a response soon.