Thomas Estes nominated to be Northampton District Court Judge

BOSTON (WWLP) – The Governor’s Council interviewed a Northampton Lawyer who wants to become a District Court Judge. 22News spoke with Governor Patrick’s nominee.

After serving as Northampton’s public defender, Thomas Estes is ready to move up in the ranks.

Thomas Estes is no stranger to western Massachusetts courtrooms. He’s been in charge of public defenders in the Northampton District Court for nearly eight years. Before that, he worked for four years as a public defender in Hampshire County. Now, the Northampton resident wants to move up and win the seat as the city’s District Court Judge.

“I really and truly have the experience to be a district court judge. I’m a little older, a little more mature and I think I have the maturity and the temperament today to be a judge,” said Estes.

The seat became vacant when Judge Richard Carey was appointed a Superior Court judge in 2010. Governor Patrick nominated Estes and witnesses who testified called him fair, community-minded and someone who loves to help people.

The Governor’s Council recently voted in favor of Matthew Shea for the Holyoke District Court Judge seat. The council will vote on Estes’ position on March 5th.

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