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Thursday, June 16, 2022

Governor Baker Nominates Attorney Janine M. Simonian as Associate Justice of the District Court

Governor Baker Nominates Attorney Janine M. Simonian as Associate Justice of the District Court

 

BOSTON – Today, Governor Baker nominated Attorney Janine M. Simonian as Associate Justice of the District Court.

 

“Attorney Simonian is well-suited for this new role on the District Court,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “I am pleased to submit this nomination to the Governor’s Council for their advice and consent.”

 

“Attorney Simonian will bring valuable experience to the District Court if confirmed,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “We are proud to submit her nomination for consideration.”

 

The District Court hears a wide range of criminal, civil, housing, juvenile, mental health, and other types of cases. District Court criminal jurisdiction extends to all felonies punishable by a sentence up to five years, and many other specific felonies with greater potential penalties; all misdemeanors; and all violations of city and town ordinances and by-laws. The District Court is located in 62 courts across the Commonwealth.

 

For more information about the District Court, visit their homepage.

 

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 Janine M. Simonian

 

Janine M. Simonian began her legal career as a law clerk for Ronald A. Wysocki, Attorney at Law, in 2001. In 2004, she joined Geary and Associates as an associate attorney before joining the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office in 2006 as an Assistant District Attorney. Since 2013, Attorney Simonian has served as an Assistant District Attorney at the Hampden Country District Attorney’s Office and has worked within the Domestic Violence and Adult Sexual Assault Unit. She is also an active member of the community, previously serving on the Norris Elementary 6th Grade Committee, volunteering at the KEVS Foundation Annual Hockey Tournament and coaching youth soccer in Southampton. Attorney Simonian received her bachelor’s degree from Hood College in 1998, her Master of Social Work from the University of Connecticut in 2000 and her Juris Doctorate from New England School of Law in 2003.

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