Governor Charlie Baker has nominated Edward “Ned” F.X. Lynch, an attorney with civil, criminal, prosecutorial and defense experience, to serve as a judge in the Barnstable District Court.
“Ned Lynch is an accomplished attorney with exceptional temperament, intelligence and interpersonal skills,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “He has earned and maintained the respect of his peers, defense attorneys and judges and is an outstanding candidate I am pleased to nominate for the Governor’s Council’s consideration.”
“Attorney Lynch is an active and contributing member of the Barnstable County community and will bring a wealth of knowledge to the bench if confirmed,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “His twenty-four years of experience and his keen ability to be flexible, yet firm and scrupulously fair, in sentencing recommendations will serve the people of the Commonwealth well.”
There are 62 District Courts throughout the Commonwealth hearing a range of criminal, civil, housing, juvenile, mental health and other case types, including all felonies punishable by a sentence up to five years, misdemeanors and violations of city and town ordinances and by-laws.
For more information about the District Court, visit http://www.mass.gov/courts/court-info/trial-court/dc/.
Judicial nominations are subject to the advice and consent of the Governor’s Council. Applicants for judicial openings are reviewed by the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) and recommended to the governor. Governor Baker established the JNC in February, 2015 pursuant to Executive Order 558, a non-partisan, non-political Commission composed of volunteers from a cross-section of the Commonwealth's diverse population to screen judicial applications. Twenty-one members were later appointed to the JNC in April, 2015.
About Edward F.X. Lynch
Edward F.X. Lynch currently serves as an Assistant District Attorney in the Barnstable County District Attorney’s office where he is a Superior Court Prosecutor. Prior to that, Mr. Lynch served as the sole practitioner at his own criminal defense law firm after leaving Barnstable firm Manning & Lynch. He began his career as a law clerk at Walsh, Neville, Pappas & Mahoney in Chicago and then moved to Massachusetts where he served for the first time, in the Barnstable District Attorney’s office as an Assistant District Attorney from 1992 until 1997. Mr. Lynch graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in the School of Business Administration and from DePaul University College of Law in 1992.