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Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Governor Baker Nominates Brian J. Costa as Clerk Magistrate of the Salem District Court

 Governor Baker Nominates Brian J. Costa as Clerk Magistrate of the Salem District Court

 

BOSTON – Today, Governor Charlie Baker nominated Brian J. Costa as Clerk Magistrate of the Salem District Court.

 

“With the addition of Acting Clerk Magistrate Costa, Massachusetts will receive a seasoned candidate that is well-prepared to serve the Court,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We are proud to submit his nomination to the Governor’s Council for consideration.”

 

“Acting Clerk Magistrate Costa has years of experience within the Trial Court which makes him a well-qualified candidate for the District Court,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “I am pleased to submit this nomination to the Governor’s Council for their advice and consent.”

 

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 Brian J. Costa

 

Brian J. Costa began his career in 2001 as an Internal Auditor at the Administrative Office of the Trial Court, where he conducted financial, operational and systems audits until 2013. Mr. Costa then joined the Salem District Court as an Assistant Clerk Magistrate, a position he remained in until October 2021, when he was promoted to First Assistant Clerk Magistrate. Then, in December of 2021, Mr. Costa was appointed Acting Clerk Magistrate of the Salem District Court, which he still serves as today. Mr. Costa is an active member of his community, serving as an Executive Board Member and as Treasurer of the Association of Magistrates and Assistant Clerks. He also coaches youth hockey in Methuen. Mr. Costa received his bachelor’s degree from Assumption College in 1999.

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