Mary Hurley Urges Governor to Fill District Court Vacancies in Western Massachusetts

Mary Hurley Urges Governor to Fill District Court Vacancies in Western Massachusetts

Mary Hurley, Along with other District Court Judges, Calls on Governor Baker and his Staff to Fill 10 Vacancies in the Eighth Governor’s Council District

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Mary Hurley, retired Associate Justice of the District Courts of Massachusetts and former two-term Mayor of the city of Springfield, is urging Governor Charlie Baker to fill the 10 current district court vacancies throughout the eighth Governor’s Council District. On Jan. 14, Hurley spoke with Baker’s chief legal counsel, Lon Povich, about the seats – some of which have been vacant for nearly 10 years.

Subject to the Massachusetts General Laws, there is a cap on the maximum number of District Court judges that may be appointed at any particular time. As of October 30, 2015 there were 143 District Court judges appointed to the bench, leaving a total of 15 vacancies away from the 158 threshold, including 10 openings alone in western Massachusetts.

Along with District Court judges throughout western Massachusetts, Mary Hurley is pushing for the resolution of the understaffed District Courts, which are currently operating shorthanded by roughly thirty percent of the judges who should staff the region.

“I applaud Governor Baker for the work that he has done filling vacancies in the judicial system during his tenure in office,” said Hurley. “I am confident that the governor and his staff will find qualified candidates from western Massachusetts to fill these vacancies in the District Courts.”

Mary Hurley announced her candidacy for the eighth district of the Governor’s Council late last year. The Massachusetts Governor’s Council is composed of eight elected individuals from districts across the state, and the Lieutenant Governor who serves ex officio. The council meets weekly to record advice and consent on warrants for the state treasury, pardons and commutations, and recording advice and consent to gubernatorial appointments such as judicial nominations. The eighth district of the Massachusetts Governor’s Council encompasses Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire Counties and the town of Royalston in Worcester County.

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About Mary Hurley

Born in Springfield and a lifelong resident of the Pioneer Valley, Mary Hurley is of counsel to local law firm Cooley Shrair, P.C., since retiring and served 19 years as a judge following 18 years as a practicing attorney where she was initially a founding partner of Hurley, Melikian and Sousa, P.C. After serving two terms as of Mayor of Springfield, she was a principal of the law firm Cooley Shrair before accepting an appointment as a District Court Justice. She is a recipient of the Massachusetts Bar Association Public Service Award and was named an Outstanding Young Woman of America in 1980 by the U.S. Jaycees. She currently serves as a member of the cabinet for the Sisters of Saint Joseph fund raising campaign, College Club of Greater Springfield, Criminal Justice Advisory Board at Elms College, Hampden County Bar Association, Hampshire County Bar Association and Massachusetts Bar Association. Hurley earned her Juris Doctor from the Western New England University School of Law, where she also taught as an adjunct professor of law. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Elms College, where she also received an honorary Doctorate Degree. Dedicated to the law and public service, Hurley’s accomplished career includes former memberships and associations.



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