Massachusetts - Nomination of Roderick Ireland to be Chief Justice of MA Supreme Judicial Court, Wed., Dec. 1
The public nomination hearing before the Mass. Governor's Council of Roderick Ireland to be the new Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court will take place at the State House on Dec. 1, at 10 AM, in the State House Hearing Room B-2.
This hearing is extremely important as the Chief Justice of the SJC has a direct influence over all Massachusetts courts.
Anyone can speak at the hearing, either in favor or in opposition to the nomination. The Fatherhood Coalition has sent Judge Ireland a letter and questionnaire to which all judicial nominees are requested to respond.
More people are now paying attention to how the third branch of government affects all our lives. This is the last and only opportunity to speak up about this nomination for in Massachusetts, once a judicial nominee is confirmed, it is a lifetime position.
The Governor Council is made up of eight members. Lt. Governor Murray is likely to preside at this hearing making it a body of nine. After introductions, the Lt. Gov. will ask those in favor of the nominee to testify, during which they may be asked questions by the Councilors. Following this, those who oppose the nomination are asked to testify and they also may be questioned by the Councilors. The nominee is then asked to make a statement. There is no direct questioning of the nominee except by the Councilors.
Written testimony and statements may be presented to the Council at any time before the final vote on the nomination which will take place at noon on the following Wed., Dec. 8.
Please attend and make your opinion on this nomination known. The Greater Boston Chapter of The Fatherhood Coalition is encouraging attendance. RSVP here.
For more information contact me at 857 350-0575.