Governor's Council Second District
The Massachusetts Governor's Council, also known as the Executive Council, is composed of eight individuals elected from districts, plus the Lieutenant Governor who serves ex officio. The eight councillors are elected from their districts every two years. 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 judges, clerk-magistrates, public administrators, members of the Parole Board, Appellate Tax Board, Industrial Accident Board and Industrial Accident Reviewing Board, notaries, and justices of the peace. Base salary is $36,025.
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Robert L. Jubinville
State your relevant background and qualifications, particularly as they relate to the judicial nominating process.
How would you respond to someone who says that the Governor's Council is outdated? Why is this body still essential in the Commonwealth?
What is important to you when evaluating candidates for the parole board?
What would you do to improve diversity on the courts?
Are changes needed in the way the Governor’s Council approves candidates?
Trial attorney for over 42 years, appeared over 15,000.00 times before judges in the Commonwealth.
I have appeared in every District Court, Superior Court, Juvenile Court in the Commonwealth. I have argued in the Appeals Court, the Supreme Judicial Court.
In addition, I have appeared in many out of state courts, Federal Courts and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Nobody who is on the council or is running to be elected to the council has more experience than I do in dealing with Judges.
The Executive (Governor’s) Council is as old as the House of Representative, Senate, Governor and Lt. Governor’s offIces. The Governor’s Council is vitally Important.
Th selection of Judges to our court system is one of the most important duties any elected official in Massachusetts has to perform.
More than 10,000.00 people enter our courts every day. Judges can ruin people’s lives by one bad decision.
It’s so important the I use my experience in vetting nominees for judicial appointment
That nominees for the Parole Board must have diverse backgrounds, which should, in my view, contain psychology backgrounds.
In addition, I would want nominees with strong addiction education and training training.
We have to many people with law enforcement backgrounds and I have been outspoken about this issue and voted against the last nominee from the prosecutors office.
Speak out about this issue, which I have consistently done to the Governors and Lt. Governor.
Unfortunately, the council does not do the nominating for these judicial appointments. The constitution is clear, the Governor appoints, with the advice and consent of the Governor’s Council.
In my view there is a systematic racial bias in our courts which must be acknowledged and removed by training and education and calling out those who engage in this racism.
We receive a nominee, we post the hearing 7days before the hearing, we have a hearing open to the public, we invitee the public to come and testify for or against.
After the hearing we vote the following week and encourage input from anyone with information on the nominee.
I do my on investigation on all nominees which includes calling lawyers and any other person who has dealt with the nominee to get as much information as I can. I use this information to question the nominee and vote .
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