For Immediate Release - February 13, 2008

GOVERNOR'S COUNCIL CONFIRMS GOVERNOR PATRICK'S TWO NOMINEES TO THE PROBATE AND FAMILY COURT

BOSTON - Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - The Governor's Council today confirmed by a vote of 7-0 the nomination of Richard A. Simons of Pittsfield to become a Probate and Family Court Associate Circuit Justice. A partner of the Pittsfield law firm, Simons, Smith & Gerrard, P.C., Simons will fill the vacancy created by the November 9th appointment of Judge Anne M. Geoffrion to the Hampden County Division of the Probate and Family Court.

The Governor's Council confirmed the nomination of Linda S. Fidnick to the Hampshire Division of the Probate and Family Court last Wednesday with a vote of 7-1. Fidnick, a resident of Leverett who has a law practice in Amherst, will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Chief Justice Sean M. Dunphy in September of last year.





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