Governor Charlie Baker today announced the nomination of Mark V. Green to serve as Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court, where he has served as an Associate Justice since 2001. Green is nominated to fill the vacancy created by former Chief Justice Scott Kafker\u2019s confirmation to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in July.\n\n\t\t\t\u201cI have been honored to nominate thirteen Associate Justices to the Appeals Court and am confident Justice Mark Green\u0027s demonstrated commitment through thoughtful, well-reasoned appellate decisions and extensive committee work, will allow him to efficiently lead this court,\u201d said Governor Baker. \u201cJustice Green has proven throughout his impressive thirty-five year career that he will treat all those before him in the courts fairly and impartially, and will continue to do so as Chief Justice with the Governor\u0027s Council advice and consent.\u0022\n\n\t\t\t\u201cIn addition to being an excellent jurist, Justice Green has the management skills and administrative abilities essential to the position of Chief Justice,\u201d said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. \u201cI am confident, if confirmed, his unwavering dedication to the Appeals Court will serve our Commonwealth well.\u201d\n\n\t\t\t\u201cI am honored and humbled by the trust and confidence the Governor and Lieutenant Governor have placed in me with this nomination,\u201d said Associate Justice Mark Green.\u00a0 \u201cThis is an exciting time for the Court, as we assimilate the terrific new judges the Baker-Polito Administration has appointed in the past two years, and as we continue to use new technologies to improve the quality and efficiency of our work.\u00a0 If confirmed by the Governor\u0027s Council, I will do my very best every day to help the court carry out its mission of delivering timely justice to the citizens of the Commonwealth.\u201d\n\n\t\t\tThe Massachusetts Appeals Court is a court of general appellate jurisdiction. The justices review decisions that trial judges from the several Departments of the Trial Court have already made in many different kinds of cases. The Appeals Court also has jurisdiction over appeals from final decisions of three State agencies: the Appellate Tax Board, the Industrial Accident Board and the Commonwealth Employment Relations Board. The Appeals Court has twenty-five statutory justices, including the chief justice. The Massachusetts Appeals Court mission is a commitment to: doing justice under the law by rendering thoughtful, well-reasoned appellate decisions in a timely and efficient manner, treating all those who come before the court fairly and impartially.\u00a0\n\n\t\t\tFor more information about the Appeals Court, please visit:\u00a0https://www.mass.gov/orgs/appeals-court\n\n\t\t\tJudicial nominations are subject to the advice and consent of the Governor\u2019s 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\u0027s diverse population to screen judicial applications. Twenty-one members were later appointed to the JNC in April, 2015.\n\n\t\t\tAbout Associate Justice Mark Green:\n\n\t\t\tMark V. Green currently serves as an Associate Justice on the Massachusetts Appeals Court, where he has chaired the Appellate Courts IT Committee since 2012 and worked to improve efficiency and reduce delays in the preparation of trial transcripts as chair of the SJC Study Committee on Trial Transcripts. He began his career as a real estate lawyer with the Boston firms Herrick \u0026 Smith and Goulston \u0026 Storrs before working in-house for four different banking institutions. He was appointed as an Associate Justice of the Land Court in 1997 by Governor William Weld, before his appointment to the Appeals Court by Governor Jane Swift in 2001. After graduating with distinction from Cornell University in 1978, he received his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1982. His wife, Karen Green, serves as an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court. Mark and Karen reside in Brookline and have two sons, one who teaches at the Keith Middle School in New Bedford and another who is a Lieutenant in the United States Navy.