Jean Curran, an Essex County assistant district attorney, was nominated by Gov. Charlie Baker to serve as an associate justice at Haverhill District Court.
Curran, who has practiced law 28 years, is senior superior court assistant district attorney in Salem. Her appointment is subject to confirmation by Governor’s Council
“Jean Curran is a talented attorney with the temperament and leadership skills to serve those before the District Court,” said Baker. “Her experience over the last 28 years analyzing the law and resolving conflicts makes her an exceptional candidate to join the bench.”
Curran previously served as assistant district attorney from 1989 to 1993. She received her bachelor’s degree in sociology, with a criminal justice concentration, from Suffolk University, in 1985, and went on to earn her juris doctorate from New England Law School in 1988. Curran also served for three years as a faculty member for the Advanced Evidence and Advocacy Skills Program of the Committee for Public Counsel Services, the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association and Suffolk University. She is also secretary of the Partridgeberry Place Neighborhood Association in Ipswich, where she is one of five board members who assists with the development and implementation of the association’s annual operational budget.
“In prosecuting some of the most difficult cases, attorney Curran has proven to be an important asset to the Commonwealth,” added Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “She is honest, fair and respected by all.”
There are 62 district courts throughout the Commonwealth that hear a range of criminal, civil, housing, juvenile, mental health and other case types, including all felonies punishable by a sentence of up to five years, misdemeanors and violations of city and town ordinances and bylaws.