Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC)

The Judicial Nominating Commission is pleased to assist you as you consider public service as a judge, clerk-magistrate, or recorder of the Land Court in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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Judicial Nominating Commission, Office of the Governor, State House, Room 271, Boston, MA 02133

Who we serve

The Judicial Nominating Commission (the "JNC") serves as the Administration's screening mechanism for judicial candidates. Governor Healey recognizes that the quality of our system of administering justice is determined largely by the quality of the judicial officers appointed to serve within our judicial system.  

The JNC and its Mission

The JNC is a non-partisan, non-political, and non-compensated Commission composed of 27 distinguished volunteers appointed by the Governor from a cross-section of the Commonwealth's diverse population. 

Throughout all stages of the JNC review process, Commissioners agree to abide by specific rules of conduct regarding impartiality, advocacy, confidentiality, ex parte communications, conflict of interest, political contributions, and civility, as detailed in Section 1.5 of Executive Order No. 610. The JNC is committed to preserving the confidentiality of the application process.  

The JNC seeks applicants who possess the intellect, integrity, work ethic, judgment, temperament, experience, competence, unwavering commitment to equal protection for all, and the demonstrated capacity and propensity to sensibly, intelligibly, promptly, impartially and independently interpret the laws and administer justice. It also seeks applicants who represent not only geographically diverse parts of the Commonwealth, but also our citizen’s diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, and economic status. 

Governor's Office Staff

Deputy Legal Counsel, Dara Kesselheim

Legal Program Coordinator, Kimberly Baptiste

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Recent news & announcements

Press Release

Governor Healey Signs Executive Order Establishing Judicial Nominating Commission and Appoints Commissioners  

4/12/2023 Governor Maura Healey and Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll

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