Today, Governor Charlie Baker appointed Cathleen Campbell Associate Judge of the Superior Court. Justice Campbell is currently an Associate Judge of the Cambridge District Court with over 25 years of legal experience.
“Justice Campbell is a committed public servant, having long served the Commonwealth in a variety of legal roles,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “I am pleased to submit this candidate to the Governor’s Council for advice and consent. ”
“During her career, Justice Campbell has demonstrated her great expertise in civil and criminal matters and her dedication to public service,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “If the Governor’s Council confirms this, I have no doubts that she will continue to serve the Commonwealth well as an Associate Judge of the Superior Court.
The Superior Court, the trial court of general jurisdiction for Massachusetts, is committed to delivering high quality justice in a timely and fair manner, consistent with the rule of law. The Court’s 82 judges sit in 20 courthouses in the 14 counties of the Commonwealth. The Superior Court has jurisdiction at first instance in civil actions over $ 25,000 and in cases where equitable relief is sought.
He also has initial jurisdiction in actions, including labor disputes where an injunction is sought, exclusive power to summon courts for medical malpractice, appellate jurisdiction for certain administrative proceedings and may hold naturalization hearings. in any city or town. The Superior Court also has exclusive jurisdiction at first instance for first degree murder cases and at trial for all other crimes.
Judicial appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Governor’s Council. Candidates for judicial openings are reviewed by the Judicial Appointments Commission (JNC) and recommended to the governor. Governor Baker established the JNC in February 2015 pursuant to Executive Order 558, a non-partisan, apolitical commission made up of volunteers from a cross-section of the diverse Commonwealth population to consider court applications. Twenty-one members were subsequently appointed to the JNC in April 2015.
About Justice Cathleen Campbell
Justice Cathleen Campbell began her legal career in 1992 as Assistant General Counsel for the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, where she represented the department in civil litigation before the First Circuit, the United States District Court- United, the Suffolk Superior Court and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD).
She then served as Assistant District Attorney in the Essex County District Attorney’s Office from 1996 to 1999, while also being an adjunct professor and senior lecturer at Northeastern University. Justice Campbell entered private practice in 1999 as a solo practitioner specializing in criminal appeals, estates and probate matters. Later, she was a partner at Schofield, Campbell and Connolly, LLC., Specializing in civil and criminal litigation as well as appeals. In 2012, Justice Campbell was sworn in as Associate District Court Judge, handling jury trials in 14 separate courts and author of over 400 decisions and orders.
Justice Campbell is an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors of Road to the Right Track (RRT), a youth running club founded by New Balance and St. Elizabeth’s that serves inner-city youth, where she also serves. running trainer. In addition, she volunteers in various capacities with the Allston Multimodal Task Force, Brother’s Deli in Lynn and various other organizations.