Tyne unanimously approved for associate justice in Central Berkshire District Court

Jennifer Tyne

BOSTON — Jennifer Tyne won unanimous approval from the Governor's Council on Wednesday to become an associate justice in Central Berkshire District Court.

Tyne said in an interview that she was in her Pittsfield office when she received the news from a colleague via text message.

"Of course I'm excited! I'm so grateful for this opportunity," she said. "I really couldn't be happier."

One of the councilors, Eileen R. Duff, said it was an easy decision for her to vote for Tyne.

"She was an outstanding candidate, has a terrific resume, a great balance of criminal and civil work and seems well-prepared to take the bench," Duff said outside the Governor's Council chamber.

Tyne serves as the district court supervisor for the Berkshire County Committee for Public Counsel Services. She applied for the position in February and won praise during her hearing before the council at the beginning of November.

"It was a long road to come to this point. My background, my family and every turn of my law career as well; as a prosecutor, as an attorney," said Tyne, a mother of three. "All combination of those are important."

The soft-spoken new judge is known to her colleagues and friends as someone who is compassionate, full of empathy and who always maintains her composure.

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When Tyne was 10, her parents decided to bring the family to the woods of Maine and live very humbly without electricity or running water. They had a hunting lodge that they maintained as a family, something she credits with building her character.

Duff believes that Tyne's personality will be of great value as a judge.

"If you know her background, I don't think anyone's taking advantage of her [kindness]," Duff said. "She's a very wise woman; I think having understanding people, and having compassion, doesn't mean that you're to be taken advantage of. She's nobody's fool."

As a judge, Tyne said she will treat all cases equally.

"All cases are important," she said. "I think everybody who comes before the court has important cases."

The Smith College and Northeastern University School of Law graduate will be sworn at in the beginning of January.

"I'm grateful to be here, and look forward going to work," she said.