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Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013
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News from the courts

JNC seeks applications; SJC seeks Worcester County judges' evaluations

JNC seeks applications

The Judicial Nominating Commission seeks applications for six new vacancies, one at the Superior Court, four at the District Court and one at the Boston Municipal Court. Application deadlines include:

  • The Superior Court on Friday, March 1;
  • The Clinton and Fitchburg District Courts on Thursday, March 28;
  • The Holyoke and Northamption District Courts on Thursday, April 11; and
  • The Boston Municipal Court on Thursday, April 25.


SJC seeks Worcester County judges' evaluations

The Supreme Judicial Court's Judicial Performance Evaluation program is an important tool for enhancing judicial performance and the quality of the judicial branch. Judges of the district, superior, housing, probate and family and juvenile courts in Worcester County will be evaluated starting Monday, Feb. 25 by attorneys, court employees and jurors.

Any attorney who receives a questionnaire should take the time to complete it, as the more responses received, the more helpful the judicial evaluations will be. The evaluation program is the best opportunity for attorneys to offer opinions of the members of the judiciary.

Attorneys who have appeared in these courts during the last two years, according to court records, will receive questionnaires. Attorneys will receive an e-mail requesting them to log into the court's website to complete the evaluation electronically. As required by statute, the electronic system keeps the evaluations confidential and anonymous. If there is no attorney's e-mail on record, then a paper questionnaire will be mailed.

Results will be transmitted to the judge, the chief justice of the judge's court department, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court and the Chief Justice of the Trial Court.



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