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Press Release Governor Baker Nominates Attorney William F. Martin to the District Court

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  • Office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito
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Media Contact for Governor Baker Nominates Attorney William F. Martin to the District Court

Brendan Moss, Press Secretary, Governor's Office


BOSTONToday, Governor Charlie Baker nominated Attorney William F. Martin of Hamilton to the position of Associate Justice of the District Court. Attorney Martin has almost three decades of legal experience, including serving 25 years in the United States Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corp (JAG) while carrying on an active private trial practice.

“Attorney Martin has had a very distinguished legal career both serving his local community as well as the nation,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “If confirmed, I am confident that he will serve the citizens of the Commonwealth with a keen sense of fairness and justice.”

“Attorney Martin’s extensive courtroom experience combined with his demeanor, patience and compassion will serve the Commonwealth and the bar well,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “I look forward to the Governor’s Council review of this qualified nominee to the District Court.”

The District Court hears a wide range of criminal, civil, housing, juvenile, mental health, and other types of cases. District Court criminal jurisdiction extends to all felonies punishable by a sentence up to five years, and many other specific felonies with greater potential penalties; all misdemeanors; and all violations of city and town ordinances and by-laws. The District Court is located in 62 courts across the Commonwealth.

For more information about the District Court, visit their homepage.

Judicial nominations are subject to the advice and consent of the Governor’s 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's diverse population to screen judicial applications. Twenty-one members were later appointed to the JNC in April 2015.

About William F. Martin:

Attorney William F. Martin began his legal career in 1987 as a Navy Lawyer (JAG) on active duty, prosecuting and defending over 300 cases before Courts-Martial and Administrative Boards. In that position he prosecuted 75 civilians as Special United States’ Attorney in Federal Court. In 1993, Martin joined the Law Office of Carmen Frattaroli in Salem as an Associate responsible for all aspects of researching, preparing, settling and trying cases until 1996. Also in 1993, Martin joined the United States Naval Reserve as a Defense Attorney for dozens of U.S. Sailors and Marines facing administrative discharge until 2007. From 2007-2012, Attorney Martin served as a U.S. Navy Trial Judge, presiding over nearly 50 General and Special Courts-Martial for felony and misdemeanor bench and jury trials. From that position he was promoted to Deputy Chief Judge/Executive Officer of the Naval Reserve Trial Judiciary. In addition to his Naval service he privately represented over 2,600 clients in Superior, District and Juvenile Courts of Massachusetts between 1996-2012. Since 2012, Attorney Martin has served as Public Defender for the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Salem, handling nearly 800 Massachusetts Superior and District Court cases. Aside from his practice, Attorney Martin served on the Essex County Bar Advocate Board of Directors and with the American Legion. He graduated with a B.A. from Stonehill College and earned his juris doctor from Western New England College School of Law in Springfield.


Media Contact for Governor Baker Nominates Attorney William F. Martin to the District Court

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