Since Pittsfield native Francis Spina retired from the state’s high court last summer, there haven’t been any justices from Massachusetts’ four western counties. Governor Charlie Baker’s latest pick, Ellie Cypher, lives in Bristol County.
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court reconvenes for oral arguments Tuesday, after its summer break and a pair of personnel changes.
It was only 18 months ago that the Governor’s Council voted unanimously to confirm Hines to a seat on the Appeals Court. At a hearing last week, all eight councilors said they would again support her.
Appeals Court Judge Geraldine Hines is on her way to sit on the state’s highest court after all eight members of the Governor’s Council said Wednesday they plan to vote to confirm her for a seat on the Supreme Judicial Court.
Geraldine Hines would become the first African American woman to serve on the Supreme Judicial Court if she’s confirmed by the Governor’s Council.