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State of Massachusetts

Methods of Judicial Selection: Massachusetts

Limited Jurisdiction Courts

District Court
Jurisdiction: wide range of criminal, civil, housing, juvenile, mental health, and other case types
Selection of Judges: gubernatorial appointment from nominating commission with executive council approval
Retention of Judges: N/A
Qualifications: U.S. citizen; state resident; state bar member in good standing; 10 yrs legal experience and training*
Municipal Court
Jurisdiction: variety of criminal and civil cases within Boston and Suffolk County
Selection of Judges: gubernatorial appointment from nominating commission with executive council approval
Retention of Judges: N/A
Qualifications: U.S. citizen; state resident; state bar member in good standing; 10 yrs legal experience and training*
Housing Court
Jurisdiction: use of real property as such use affects health, safety, and welfare and is subject to regulation
Selection of Judges: gubernatorial appointment from nominating commission with executive council approval
Retention of Judges: N/A
Qualifications: U.S. citizen; state resident; state bar member in good standing; 10 yrs legal experience and training*
Land Court
Jurisdiction: cases involving real property rights
Selection of Judges: gubernatorial appointment from nominating commission with executive council approval
Retention of Judges: N/A
Qualifications: U.S. citizen; state resident; state bar member in good standing; 10 yrs legal experience and training*
Probate Court
Jurisdiction: various family and probate matters; general equity jurisdiction
Selection of Judges: gubernatorial appointment from nominating commission with executive council approval
Retention of Judges: N/A
Qualifications: U.S. citizen; state resident; state bar member in good standing; 10 yrs legal experience and training*
Juvenile Court
Jurisdiction: miscellaneous domestic relations cases and juvenile cases
Selection of Judges: gubernatorial appointment from nominating commission with executive council approval
Retention of Judges: N/A
Qualifications: N/S

*These qualifications are prescribed in Executive Order 477.