Governor Baker Announces Nomination to Superior Court


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Thanks to the Baker-Polito Administration for contributing this news to Westwood Minute.

BOSTON - On Wednesday, October 5, 2022, Governor Charlie Baker nominated three candidates, one to the Superior Court, and two to the Boston Municipal Court, Brighton Division and South Boston Divisions. 

“Each of these candidates will bring valuable knowledge and experience to their new roles if confirmed,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We are proud to submit their nominations for consideration.”

Governor Baker nominated Attorney Jeremy C. Bucci as Associate Justice of the Superior Court, the trial court of general jurisdiction for Massachusetts. 

Mr. Bucci began his legal career in 2001 as an assistant district attorney at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, serving on various investigative units, including as the Chief of the Narcotics and Asset Forfeiture Unit. Since 2011, Attorney Bucci has served as Chief Trial Counsel for the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office. Mr. Bucci has been a member of the Franklin and Hampshire County Bar Associations since 2011, and a member of the Franklin County Bar Association Community Fund since 2017. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1998 and his juris doctor from Suffolk University Law School in 2001.

The Superior Court, to which Mr. Bucci is nominated, has 82 justices who sit in 20 courthouses in all 14 counties of the Commonwealth. It exercises original jurisdiction in all civil actions over $25,000, matters where equitable relief is sought, and actions including labor disputes where injunctive relief is sought. It has exclusive authority to convene medical malpractice tribunals, and exercises appellate jurisdiction over certain administrative proceedings. It may hold sittings for naturalization. The Superior Court also has exclusive original jurisdiction of first-degree murder cases and original jurisdiction of all other crimes.

To the Boston Municipal Court, Governor Baker has nominated Clerk Magistrate Kirsten L. Hughes and First Assistant Clerk Magistrate Christopher E. Phillips as Clerk Magistrates of the court's South Boston Division and Brighton Division, respectively. The Boston Municipal Court Department serves the City of Boston, handling both criminal and civil matters. 

“These nominees have years of experience in public service that make them each well-qualified candidates for these positions,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “We look forward to the Governor’s Council’s advice and consent on these excellent candidates,” she said.

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