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Media Contact for Governor Baker Nominates Bristol County Assistant District Attorney Shelby M. Smith to the District Court
Brendan Moss, Press Secretary, Governor's Office
BOSTON — Today, Governor Charlie Baker nominated Bristol County Assistant District Attorney Shelby M. Smith of Plymouth to the position of Associate Justice of the District Court (Circuit). Assistant District Attorney Smith has extensive trial experience investigating and prosecuting child physical and sexual assault cases as well as other serious felonies. She has tried over 40 cases in the Brockton Superior Court and over 100 jury and bench trials in various District Courts.
“Assistant District Attorney Smith is a skilled lawyer and well-versed in all aspects of criminal law and the rules of evidence from her trial experience in the Superior and District Courts,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “I am pleased to nominate and submit her name to the Governor’s Council for their advice and consent.”
“Assistant District Attorney Shelby Smith’s professional accomplishments and her commitment to justice for victims and their families will serve the Commonwealth well,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “If confirmed, I am confident that she will serve on the bench with wisdom and distinction.”
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 Assistant District Attorney Shelby M. Smith:
Assistant District Attorney Shelby M. Smith began her legal career in 2003 as a Plymouth County Assistant District Attorney in the Superior Court Family Protection Unit where she worked until 2014 and was awarded the Massachusetts District Attorney’s Association Spotlight Award in 2008 for outstanding service and professionalism. From 2014 – 2016, she served as Assistant Bar Counsel to the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers – Office of the Bar Counsel. Smith became a Bristol County Assistant District Attorney in 2016 and is currently assigned to the Superior Court Special Victims Unit. Since 2017, she has been a Bar Exam Grader for the Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners. She received her Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law in 2002, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Tufts University in 1998. She currently resides in Plymouth with her family.