Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Governor Baker Nominates Salem Assistant District Attorney Jean Curran to the Haverhill District Court

Governor Baker Nominates Salem Assistant District Attorney Jean Curran to the Haverhill District Court

BOSTON – Governor Charlie Baker has nominated Jean Curran, a dedicated and committed attorney with extensive trial experience, to serve as Associate Justice of the Haverhill District Court. 

“Jean Curran is a talented attorney with the temperament and leadership skills to serve those before the District Court,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Her experience over the last twenty-eight years analyzing the law and resolving conflicts makes her an exceptional candidate to join the bench.”

“In prosecuting some of the most difficult cases, Attorney Curran has proven to be an important asset to the Commonwealth,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “She is honest, fair, and respected by all.  Attorney Curran’s attributes will serve her and the court well, if confirmed.”

There are 62 District Courts throughout the Commonwealth that hear a range of criminal, civil, housing, juvenile, mental health and other case types, including all felonies punishable by a sentence of up to five years, misdemeanors and violations of city and town ordinances and by-laws.

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Judicial nominations are subject to the advice and consent of the Governor’s Council. Applicants for judicial openings are reviewed by the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) and recommended to the governor. Governor Baker established the JNC in February, 2015 pursuant to Executive Order 558, a non-partisan, non-political Commission composed of volunteers from a cross-section of the Commonwealth's diverse population to screen judicial applications. Twenty-one members were later appointed to the JNC in April, 2015.

About Jean Curran

Senior Superior Court Assistant District Attorney Jean Curran has practiced for twenty-eight years, serving in Salem, and as an Assistant District Attorney in the office from 1989 to 1993. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, with a Criminal Justice Concentration, from Suffolk University, Cum Laude in 1985 and went on to earn her Juris Doctorate from New England Law School, Cum Laude in 1988. Curran also served for three years as a faculty member for the Advanced Evidence and Advocacy Skills Program present by the Committee for Public Counsel Services, the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association and Suffolk University.  Curran is also Secretary of the Partridgeberry Place Neighborhood Association in Ipswich, where she is one of five board members who assists with the development and implementation of the association’s annual operational budget

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