Today, Governor Charlie Baker nominated Robert T. Santaniello and Jennifer Tyne to serve as Associate Justices of the District Court in Western Massachusetts. Santaniello and Tyne each have over 20 years of district court experience. Robert Santaniello is a sole practitioner in Springfield. Jennifer Tyne is the District Court Supervisor for the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Pittsfield.\n\n\t\t\t\u201cRobert Santaniello and Jennifer Tyne\u00a0will each bring professional expertise to the District Courts of Western Massachusetts. Attorney Santaniello\u2019s balance of civil and criminal work and Attorney Tynes\u2019 time\u00a0as public counsel, a\u00a0private practitioner\u00a0and\u00a0prosecutor\u00a0will allow them both to have a positive impact from the bench in their communities,\u201d\u00a0said Governor Baker. \u201cI am pleased to submit their names for the Governor\u2019s Council\u2019s advice and consent.\u201d\n\n\t\t\t\u201cBoth Attorneys Santaniello and Tyne\u00a0have broad knowledge of the law as well as an understanding of the needs of\u00a0and\u00a0services available to those\u00a0appearing\u00a0before them,\u201d\u00a0said Lt. Governor\u00a0Karyn\u00a0Polito. \u201cThese individuals\u00a0have contributed\u00a0significantly\u00a0to their communities through pro-bono, charity and human service work, and will be valuable additions to the bench.\u201d\n\n\t\t\tThe 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.\n\n\t\t\tFor more information about the District Court, visit\u00a0http://www.mass.gov/courts/court-info/trial-court/dc/\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 Robert\u00a0T.\u00a0Santaniello\n\n\t\t\tRobert T. Santaniello is the owner and operator of the law office Santaniello \u0026 Santaniello LLC. He is engaged in full-time\u00a0legal\u00a0practice\u00a0with concentrations in criminal defense, personal injury, real estate, land use, small business contracts \u0026 transactions and public pension \u0026 retirement law. In the past, he has worked as an associate at Coolidge \u0026 Lauro as well as Santaniello, Posnik \u0026 Basile, P.C. in Springfield. Santaniello also works with the Read-A-Loud Program,\u00a0has been a local youth hockey, baseball and soccer coach and\u00a0served for more than 15 years on the PVTA American with Disabilities Act Appeals Board. Santaniello attended Bentley College where he played on the Bentley Men\u2019s Varsity Ice Hockey Team, before graduating from\u00a0Western New England College School of Law in 1991. Santaniello resides in Longmeadow with his wife, Susan, and 3 sons, Nick, Joe and Sam.\n\n\t\t\tAbout Jennifer Tyne\n\n\t\t\tJennifer Tyne is the District Court Supervisor for the Pittsfield Public Defender Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services. She serves as criminal trial counsel for indigent clients in both District and Superior Court in Berkshire Country. She also supervises and provides ongoing training to District Court public defenders. A member of Massachusetts Bar since 1995, Jennifer Tyne has worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Berkshire County, as a solo practitioner concentrating in criminal defense, as an Elder Law and real estate attorney at Stavisky \u0026 Kelly, and as Appellate counsel for indigent defendants in criminal cases. Tyne has taught paralegal, criminal justice, and research and writing courses at Mildred Elley Business School. Tyne has also served as a foster parent for the Department of Children and Families. She graduated from Smith College and Northeastern University School of Law. She lives in Pittsfield with her family.