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Wednesday, October 05, 2022

Governor Charlie Baker Makes Nominations to Superior Court and Boston Municipal Court

 Governor Charlie Baker Makes Nominations to Superior Court and Boston Municipal Court

 

BOSTON – Today, Governor Charlie Baker nominated Attorney Jeremy C. Bucci as Associate Justice of the Superior Court, Clerk Magistrate Kirsten L. Hughes as Clerk Magistrate of the South Boston Division of the Boston Municipal Court and First Assistant Clerk Magistrate Christopher E. Phillips as Clerk Magistrate of the Brighton Division of the Boston Municipal Court.

 

“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.”

 

“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.”

 

The Superior Court, the trial court of general jurisdiction for Massachusetts, is committed to delivering high quality justice in a timely and fair manner in accordance with the rule of law. The Court's 82 justices sit in 20 courthouses in all 14 counties of the Commonwealth. The Superior Court has original jurisdiction in civil actions over $25,000 and in matters where equitable relief is sought. It also has original jurisdiction in actions including labor disputes where injunctive relief is sought, exclusive authority to convene medical malpractice tribunals, appellate jurisdiction over certain administrative proceedings, and may hold sittings for naturalization in any city or town. The Superior Court also has exclusive original jurisdiction of first-degree murder cases and original jurisdiction of all other crimes.

 

For more information about the Superior 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.

 

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 Jeremy C. Bucci

 

Jeremy C. Bucci began his legal career in 2001 as an assistant district attorney at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Attorney Bucci served on various investigative units, and from September 2008 until December 2010, he served 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. Throughout his legal career, Attorney Bucci has been a guest lecturer at several legal institutions, law enforcement organizations and conferences. He 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.   Attorney Bucci 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.

 

About Kirsten L. Hughes

 

Clerk Magistrate Kirsten L. Hughes began her legal career in 2004 as a litigation paralegal for White & Case LLP. Later, after earning her law degree, Clerk Magistrate Hughes worked as a legal analyst for Robert Half Legal. From 2008 to 2019, Clerk Magistrate Hughes worked as a sole practitioner, practicing in a variety of manners, and representing indigent clients on behalf of the Committee for Public Counsel Services. In 2019, Clerk Magistrate Hughes served as General Counsel at the Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office and was appointed Special Sheriff. Currently, Hughes serves as Clerk Magistrate of the Stoughton District Court following her confirmation in December 2019. A member of the Quincy City Council from 2012 until 2020, Clerk Magistrate Hughes served as Council President from 2016 until 2018. Clerk Magistrate Hughes received her bachelor’s degree from New York University in 2003 and her juris doctor from New England School of Law in 2008.

 

About Christopher E. Phillips

 

First Assistant Clerk Magistrate Christopher E. Phillips has served in the Boston Municipal Court since 2006 as an Assistant Clerk Magistrate and as the First Assistant Clerk since May 2020. Previously, First Assistant Phillips worked as a business manager and administrative assistant for the Massachusetts State Senate from 1991 to 1996 and again from 2003 to 2006. In the interim, First Assistant Phillips served as procurement director and business manager for the Office of the President of the University of Massachusetts from 1996 to 2003. A former United States Marine, First Assistant Phillips serves as the Civil Affairs Military Government Officer specializing in the Judiciary and Legal Systems. He mobilized as a Judge Advocate with the 10th Mountain Division and the Office of Soldiers Counsel with the Army's Medical Command supporting wounded soldiersFirst Assistant Phillips has been a member of the Association of Magistrates and Assistant Clerks, Inc. since 2006, and since 2021 has served as Chairman of its Legal Defense Fund. First Assistant Christopher E. Phillips received his bachelor’s degree from Boston College in 1988 and his juris doctor from Suffolk University in 1998.

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