Baker Begins Process of Choosing 2 Members For High Court

Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker speaks to members of the media, Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in Boston. Baker reiterated that he will not vote for Donald Trump in November and told reporters that he now believes Trump will be his party's nominee after Trump won Tuesday's Indiana primary. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker speaks to members of the media, Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in Boston. Baker reiterated that he will not vote for Donald Trump in November and told reporters that he now believes Trump will be his party’s nominee after Trump won Tuesday’s Indiana primary. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is beginning the process of choosing two new members for the state’s highest court.

Baker on Tuesday announced the Supreme Judicial Court Nominating Commission will begin screening applicants for two upcoming vacancies on the court next year with the retirements of Justice Margot Botsford in March and Justice Geraldine Hines later in the year.

The 12-member nominating commission was created earlier this year to consider applicants for an unprecedented number of vacancies on the seven-member court.

In June, Baker nominated three Superior Court Justices to the SJC based on the first round of recommendations.

Associate Justices Frank Gaziano, David Lowy and Kimberly Budd were confirmed by the Governor’s Council and sworn in for the SJC’s sitting last month.

Applications are open until Nov. 2.

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