Bridgewater attorney Mark Gildea was confirmed to a seat on the Superior Court by unanimous vote
BOSTON – The Governor’s Council unanimously approved judges to district and superior court seats Wednesday, including Bridgewater attorney Mark Gildea.
Gildea was confirmed to a seat on the Superior Court by unanimous vote, but not before one councilor cleared the air.
Before the vote to confirm Gildea, Councilor Mary Hurley, a former judge, rose to explain that she went too far in her questioning of Gildea at his hearing last week, had apologized to Gildea and would vote for his confirmation.
Hurley had pressed Gildea to explain how he would set bail and handle sentencing in a hypothetical case of a “horrendous” rape. She expressed concern that his limited experience with criminal law would be a detriment on the bench.
“It scares me to death to think of you on the bench in a criminal courtroom with the little experience that you have,” she said last week.
On Wednesday, Hurley said she spoke with Gildea after his hearing, researched the needs of individual courts and now believes Gildea “will make a great Superior Court judge.”
“The fact of the matter is Mr. Gildea is a very skilled attorney,” she said. “I’ve talked to Mr. Gildea, we had a great conversation, and in essence, I am very confident he will do a great job and will be a good addition to the bench.”
Matthew McGrath, an attorney in private practice in Framingham, was also confirmed unanimously to a seat on the District Court.