Former Springfield Mayor and Governor’s Councilor Mary Hurley held an event educating people on the process to become a judge.
Governor Baker created the “judicial nominating commission” to oversee the appointments of judges.
The JNC is unpaid and non-partisan, and includes members of the legal community from throughout the state, including representatives from the Hampden county DA’s office.
Hurley said the discussion was intended to encourage more minorities and women to apply to become judges, “We have a very diverse community, here in the Springfield and Hampden County area. So I think it’s important that we have judges who reflect that diversity”
Hurley said a number of judicial openings are expected in the near future in the Hampden and Hampshire county courts .