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Joint Bar Committee Rules

It is essential that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts maintain a judicial branch capable of fulfilling its Constitutional obligations and addressing the needs of the public. A competent, principled judiciary is the cornerstone of our system of justice. The Bar of the Commonwealth recognizes its responsibility to assist in the review of judicial appointments, in order to guarantee a thorough and consistent selection process and maintain a quality judiciary.

The function of the Joint Bar Committee shall be to review, evaluate and report on the qualifications of individuals under consideration for judicial appointments, including clerk-magistrates, to all Courts of the Commonwealth. The committee shall, from time to time, evaluate candidates for judicial appointment to Federal Courts having jurisdiction over Massachusetts.

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