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Press Release District Court Judge Reprimanded by Commission on Judicial Conduct

District Court Judge Reprimanded by CJC
For immediate release:
8/31/2012
  • Massachusetts Commission on Judicial Conduct

Media Contact for District Court Judge Reprimanded by Commission on Judicial Conduct

Howard Neff, Executive Director

Boston, MA — The Commission on Judicial Conduct yesterday reprimanded Circuit Justice for Region 1 of the District Court, Brian R. Merrick, for repeatedly engaging in conduct while sitting in Orleans District Court that failed to follow well-established procedural requirements, specifically his failing to engage criminal defendants in legally sufficient plea colloquies in connection with minor motor vehicle criminal offenses. Judge Merrick has acknowledged that his plea colloquies were legally insufficient and no longer conducts such plea hearings in this manner.

The Commission's statute and Rules are available on the Commission's website:  www.mass.gov/cjc.

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Media Contact for District Court Judge Reprimanded by Commission on Judicial Conduct

Massachusetts Commission on Judicial Conduct 

The Massachusetts Commission on Judicial Conduct (CJC) is the state agency responsible for investigating complaints alleging that a state court judge has engaged in judicial misconduct or has a disability preventing him or her from properly performing judicial duties.

The CJC is also responsible for pursuing, when it is appropriate, remedial action or discipline against state court judges.
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