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Thursday, Sep. 6, 2007
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Gov. Deval Patrick swears in Justice Botsford at a ceremony at the John Adams Courthouse on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

MBA congratulates the Hon. Margot G. Botsford on appointment to the Supreme Judicial Court

Joint Bar Committee was one of the last layers of review

The MBA congratulates the Hon. Margot G. Botsford on her appointment to the Supreme Judicial Court. Botsford will bring her keen intellect and superior work history to a post she well deserves.

"Justice Margot Botsford’s appointment to the Supreme Judicial Court will serve to enhance the outstanding reputation of our state's highest court. Justice Botsford is respected amongst peer jurists and attorneys from throughout the commonwealth because of her thoughtful approach to cases, exemplary work ethic and high intelligence,” immediate MBA Past President Mark D Mason said in a statement issued on Friday, Aug. 31. “I am certain Justice Botsford will maintain her unfailing commitment to the administration of justice. The MBA congratulates Justice Botsford on her esteemed appointment.”

Botsford’s appointment follows a thorough review, which included an evaluation by the Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments. The committee of two dozen attorneys from across the state reviews, evaluates, votes and reports on the qualifications of individuals under consideration for judicial appointments – including clerk-magistrates – to all courts of the commonwealth.

“We’re trying to ensure only qualified, competent judges are selected. It’s a role committee members take very seriously,” said MBA General Counsel Martin W. Healy, who serves as the committee’s executive secretary. “Ultimately it benefits the public. These are public appointments with life tenure."

The committee, which began its formal role in 1961, is an independent entity and its votes are kept confidential. The committee considers several aspects of an individual before it takes a vote and submits a report to the governor and/or the Governor’s Council, which must approve and appoint the candidate. Among the qualities considered are integrity, reputation, knowledge and ability in the field of law, professional experience, judicial temperament, financial responsibility and commitment to public service.

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