Gov. Baker to Announce Nominees For 3 High Court Vacancies 

GavelBOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is planning to announce three nominees for the state’s highest court.

The Republican governor will introduce his picks for the Supreme Judicial Court during a Tuesday afternoon press conference at the Statehouse.

There are three upcoming vacancies on the high court. Associate justices Fernande Duffly, Francis Spina and Robert Cordy have all announced plans to step down from the court by the end of the summer.

The vacancies provide Baker with an unusual opportunity to put an early stamp on the seven-member court.

Baker has formed a special judicial nominating commission to help vet SJC candidates.

Those nominated by Baker must still be confirmed by the eight-member Governor’s Council.

Founded in 1692, the SJC is considered the oldest continuously sitting appellate court in the Western Hemisphere.


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