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Press Release Governor Baker Nominates Michael J. Doherty of Northampton as Clerk Magistrate of the Housing Court

For immediate release:
1/23/2019
  • Office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito
  • Judicial Nominating Commission
  • Governor's Press Office

Media Contact for Governor Baker Nominates Michael J. Doherty of Northampton as Clerk Magistrate of the Housing Court

Brendan Moss, Press Secretary, Governor's Office

Press Release

BOSTONToday, Governor Charlie Baker nominated Michael J. Doherty to the position of Clerk Magistrate of the Housing Court, Western Division. Michael Doherty has over 18 years of experience with housing matters, working in the Housing Court for over 15 years, first as a Housing Court Specialist and currently serving as the First Assistant Clerk Magistrate in the Western Division Housing Court. He has over 18 years of experience with housing matters.

“Michael Doherty’s experience as a First Assistant Clerk Magistrate and Housing Court Specialist in this Court has prepared him well for the position of Clerk Magistrate,”said Governor Charlie Baker. “I am pleased to submit this qualified nominee to the Governor’s Council.”

“I am confident that Michael Doherty’s management and hands-on courtroom experience will serve all parties who work and appear in the Housing Court well,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito.

The Housing Court oversees civil and criminal actions that involve the health, safety, or welfare of homeowners or those who live in residential housing. The courts hear eviction cases, small claims cases, civil action suits, and other cases related to residential housing. Led by Chief Justice Timothy F. Sullivan, the Housing Court has 15 statutory judges that sit across the Court’s five divisions which include the Central, Eastern, Northeast, Southeast and Western Divisions. The Housing Court was granted statewide jurisdiction in 2017.

For more information about the Housing Court, please 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 Michael J. Doherty:

Michael Doherty began his career in the housing sector as Assistant Building Commissioner and Construction Inspector for the City of Holyoke in 2001. In that role, he reviewed and inspected building permit applications to ensure compliance with state building code and zoning ordinances of the city and worked with the fire department and Board of Health to ensure public safety. In 2004, Doherty joined the Western Division Housing Court as Assistant Chief Housing Specialist and then Acting Chief Housing Specialist, where he scheduled Court mediations, supervised personnel and oversaw training and resources for the Housing Specialist Department. Since 2012, Doherty has served as an Assistant Clerk Magistrate in the Western Division Housing Court. In 2013, Doherty received the Employee Excellence Award from the Trial Court for his service as a member of the Strategic Planning Process Steering Committee. In 2015, he was awarded the Contribution to Justice Award from the Hampshire County Bar Association. Doherty was promoted to First Assistant Clerk Magistrate in 2016. Doherty earned his B.A. in Spanish in 1993 and his M.B.A. in 2006, both at the University of Massachusetts.

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Media Contact for Governor Baker Nominates Michael J. Doherty of Northampton as Clerk Magistrate of the Housing Court

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