Today, Governor Charlie Baker nominated Mark C. Gildea to the Superior Court. Gildea has thirty years of experience working directly for Massachusetts cities and towns as counsel, as well as in private practice.
The Superior Court is a statewide court of general jurisdiction - handling both criminal and civil actions. The court’s 82 justices sit in 20 courthouses in all 14 counties of the Commonwealth. The Superior Court has original jurisdiction in civil actions over $25,000, and in matters where equitable relief is sought. It also has original jurisdiction in actions including labor disputes where injunctive relief is sought, has exclusive authority to convene medical malpractice tribunals, has appellate jurisdiction over certain administrative proceedings, and may hold sittings for naturalization in any city or town. The court has exclusive original jurisdiction of first degree murder cases and original jurisdiction of all other crimes.
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Judicial nominations are subject to the advice and consent of the Governor’s Council. Applicants for judicial openings are reviewed by the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) and recommended to the governor. Governor Baker established the JNC in February, 2015 pursuant to Executive Order 558, a non-partisan, non-political Commission composed of volunteers from a cross-section of the Commonwealth's diverse population to screen judicial applications. Twenty-one members were later appointed to the JNC in April, 2015.
Mark Gildea is currently an attorney and principal of the law firm Clark, Balboni, & Gildea with offices in Bridgewater and Mashpee, concentrating in civil litigation, including insurance defense, real estate, and municipal law. Mr. Gildea has served as Attorney for the Town of Bridgewater for over twenty-five years, Legislative Counsel to the City of Brockton for nearly thirty years, and Attorney for the County of Plymouth for fifteen years. Mr. Gildea also donates a great deal of time to pro-bono work. Mr. Gildea graduated from Georgetown University in 1983 with an A.B. in Government, and received his J.D. from Suffolk University School of Law in 1987. He, his wife, and five children reside in Bridgewater.