- Governor Charlie Baker | Lt. Governor Karyn Polito
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Media Contact for Governor Baker Nominates Sabine Coyne of North Attleboro to the District Court
Brendan Moss, Press Secretary, Governor's Office
BOSTON — Governor Charlie Baker today nominated Sabine Coyne to the position of Associate Justice of the Brockton District Court. Attorney Coyne brings more than 20 years of experience in both civil and criminal litigation to the Court, with expertise in cases involving domestic violence and sexual assault.
“Attorney Coyne’s experience as a prosecutor and service to the people of Massachusetts make her a qualified candidate for this position,” said Governor Baker.“I am pleased to submit her name to the Governor’s Council for their advice and consent.”
“With more than 20 years of experience in the Massachusetts judicial system, Attorney Coyne’s legal knowledge and dedication will well serve the District Court well,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “If appointed, I am confident she will serve our Commonwealth with 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 Sabine Coyne
Sabine Coyne is an Assistant Clerk Magistrate at the Suffolk Superior Court Criminal Session. There, she prepares and maintains all court records, runs court sessions, and conducts hearings as a magistrate. Before joining the Suffolk Superior Court, Coyne served as a legal counsel for the Massachusetts Department of Correction. For more than a decade prior, Coyne served as an Assistant District Attorney for the Norfolk County Superior Court, where she prosecuted domestic violence, sexual assault and all major felonies. She has been a member of the Women Bar Association since 2000, and a member of the Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys since 2012. Attorney Coyne earned her Juris Doctorate from the Southern New England School of Law in North Dartmouth, MA after earning a Master of Arts at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY and a Bachelor of Arts from Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. She currently resides in North Attleboro with her family.