BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (WWLP) - Western Massachusetts currently has too few judges to handle the case load in our court system. Governor Patrick is vowing to fill the vacancies despite the state's budget problems.
Governor Deval Patrick ceremoniously swore in Maureen Walsh as an associate justice of the district court. Walsh actually started back in August because of the number of open judicial seats in our region.
Six more still need to be filled. Governor Deval Patrick says his latest budget cuts won't impact the filling of these openings.
Judge Walsh, a graduate of UMass Amherst went to get her law degree at Western New England College and then became a law clerk for US District Judge Michael Ponsor.
Maureen Walsh says, "So when I think why governor Deval Patrick appointed me what did he see in me I think he saw all of you. Thank you for that."