Feb. 8, 2019: Adam J. Baler was appointed as the Clerk Magistrate of the Plymouth District Court by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. Baler has twenty years of experience as the Assistant Clerk Magistrate at the Plymouth Superior Court. The District Court hears a range of criminal, civil, housing, juvenile, mental health, and other types of cases. District Court criminal jurisdiction extends to all felonies punishable by a sentence up to five years, and many other specific felonies with greater potential penalties; all misdemeanors; and all violations of city and town ordinances and by-laws. The District Court is located in sixty-two courts across Massachusetts. Baler started his career in March, 2000, as an Assistant Clerk Magistrate at the Plymouth Superior Court, where he oversaw the daily administration of the docket and managed all personnel and fiscal oversight. In that position, Baler developed a strategic plan to improve case flow management in Plymouth County, and he was a Superior Court Ad Hoc Civil Clerk’s Committee Member in 2006. Since 2006, Baler has worked as a Bail Magistrate. In 2017, Baler took office as the First Assistant Clerk Magistrate at the Plymouth Superior Court, continuing general oversight of the court in addition to the Brockton docket. Baler received his bachelor of arts degree in history from Bridgewater State College in 1995 and his law degree from the Southern New England School of Law in 2002.