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 54, Boston, MA 02133

Who we serve

The Judicial Nominating Commission (the "JNC") serves as the Administration's screening mechanism for judicial candidates. Governor Baker 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. Governor Baker created the Judicial Nominating Commission (the "JNC") pursuant to Executive Order No. 558 knowing that public trust begins with the process by which judges are appointed. 

The JNC and its Mission

The JNC is a non-partisan, non-political, and non-compensated Commission composed of 21 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. 558. The JNC is committed to preserving the confidentiality of the application process. 

The JNC seeks applicants who possess the temperament, ability, and integrity to freely, impartially, and independently interpret the laws and administer justice. It also seeks applicants who represent not only the geographically diverse parts of the Commonwealth, but also the racial, ethnic, and gender diversity of our citizens.

Governor's Office Staff

Executive Director, Emily Gauthier

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