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Wednesday, September 07, 2022

Governor Baker Nominates Margaret F. Albertson as an Associate Justice of the Boston Municipal Court and Eric T. Donovan as Clerk Magistrate of the Brockton District Court

 Governor Baker Nominates Margaret F. Albertson as an Associate Justice of the Boston Municipal Court and Eric T. Donovan as Clerk Magistrate of the Brockton District Court

 

BOSTON – Today, Governor Charlie Baker nominated Clerk Magistrate Margaret F. Albertson as an Associate Justice of the Boston Municipal Court and Clerk Magistrate Eric T. Donovan as Clerk Magistrate of the Brockton District Court.

 

“If confirmed, Clerk Magistrates Albertson and Donovan will bring their years of valuable experience and knowledge of the Trial Court to their new roles as an Associate Justice of the Boston Municipal Court and Clerk Magistrate of the Brockton District Court,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “I am pleased to submit their nominations to the Governor’s Council for consideration.”

 

“Clerk Magistrates Albertson and Donovan are qualified candidates with many years of experience in public service and in leadership roles within the Trial Court,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “If confirmed, I am confident they will serve the court well in these positions.”

 

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.

 

The Boston Municipal Court Department serves the City of Boston, handling both criminal and civil matters while maintaining a commitment to the rule of law, and protecting human dignity through respect, compassion, correction, and the fair resolution of cases. The Boston Municipal Court Department has 30 judges in 8 court divisions located in Brighton, Central (downtown), Charlestown, Dorchester, East Boston, Roxbury, South Boston, and West Roxbury. The Boston Municipal Court also has jurisdiction to review appeals of decisions made by some government agencies on issues such as unemployment compensation and firearms licensing.

 

For more information about the Boston Municipal Court, visit their homepage.

 

About Margaret F. Albertson

 

Margaret F. Albertson began her legal career as an assistant district attorney for Boston Municipal Court in 1992, where she represented the Commonwealth in trials of both felony and misdemeanor cases. In 1993, she was promoted to supervising assistant district attorney at Boston Municipal Court, as well as deputy chief of district courts. From 1995 to 1998, Clerk Magistrate Albertson served as Superior Court assistant district attorney for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Clerk Magistrate Albertson remained at the District Attorney’s Office as deputy chief of Superior Court prosecutions until she joined the South Boston Division of the Boston Municipal Court as assistant clerk magistrate in 2000. She then became the Acting Clerk Magistrate in 2005. She was nominated later that year to become the Clerk Magistrate. Clerk Magistrate Albertson received her bachelor’s degree from the College of Holy Cross in 1987 and her juris doctor from Boston University School of Law in 1991.

 

About Eric T. Donovan

 

Eric T. Donovan first began his legal career in 1996 at the Norfolk District Attorney’s office as a supervising assistant district attorney and a lead assistant attorney jury session. In 1999, Clerk Magistrate Donovan joined Finneran, Byrne & Drechsler, L.L.P. as an associate. From 2000 to 2005, Clerk Magistrate Donovan served in the Massachusetts Legislature as assistant counsel for House Counsel’s Office. He then worked as a solo practitioner until 2006 when he joined the Massachusetts Trial Court as Assistant Clerk Magistrate for the Brockton District Court. From 2015 to 2016, he served as chief of staff for the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services, before becoming chief of staff, general counsel and chief operating officers at the Department of Veterans’ Services until 2018. Since 2018, he has served as Clerk Magistrate of the Brighton Division of the Boston Municipal District Court. Clerk Magistrate Donovan received his bachelor’s degree from Westfield State College in 1992 and his juris doctor from New England School of Law in 1995.

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