Apr. 1, 2009
Dorchester District Court Judge Sydney Hanlon appears on her way to have the necessary votes for confirmation to the state Appeals Court. Read more
Gov. Deval Patrick has nominated Dorchester District Court's top judge for a slot on the state Appeals Court.
Sydney Hanlon, who lives in Dorchester and is the first justice of the Washington Street courthouse, would replace retiring Judge Andre Gelinas.
Hanlon must first be confirmed by a judicial vetting panel, which is made up of eight independently elected members known as Governor's Councilors. She was easily confirmed when she went before the council in 1990, after then-Gov. Michael Dukakis nominated her to the bench. Read more