Joint Bar Committee Rules
Originally adopted 1961, revised January 24, 1992, revised May 14, 2002
Statement of Purpose
It is essential that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts maintain a judicial branch capable of fulfilling its Constitutional obligations and addressing the needs of the public. A competent, principled judiciary is the cornerstone of our system of justice. The Bar of the Commonwealth recognizes its responsibility to assist in the review of judicial appointments, in order to guarantee a thorough and consistent selection process and maintain a quality judiciary.
The function of the Joint Bar Committee shall be to review, evaluate and report on the qualifications of individuals under consideration for judicial appointments, including clerk-magistrates, to all Courts of the Commonwealth. The Committee shall, from time to time, evaluate candidates for judicial appointment to Federal Courts having jurisdiction over Massachusetts.