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State of Massachusetts

Methods of Judicial Selection: Massachusetts

Removal of Judges

Massachusetts judges may be removed in one of three ways:
  • The commission on judicial conduct investigates complaints of judicial misconduct. Following a formal hearing, the commission may recommend to the supreme judicial court removal, retirement, or reprimand of a judge.

  • The governor, with consent of the governor's council, may remove judges upon the joint address of both houses of the general court. The governor, with consent of the governor's council, may also retire judges because of advanced age or mental or physical disability.

  • Judges may be impeached by the house of representatives and convicted by the senate.