Nicole Dungca works on the Globe’s projects and investigations team.
She joined the Globe’s newsroom in 2014 to write about transportation. She previously covered education and breaking news at The Oregonian, and has also written for The Providence Journal and The Times-Picayune in New Orleans.
By Nicole Dungca and Jenn Abelson , Globe Staff
Massachusetts is one of a small number of states that allow private citizens to go before clerk magistrates to lodge serious criminal complaints that are vetted, and sometimes settled, in secretive hearings.
By Nicole Dungca , Globe Staff
Trial Court Chief Justice Paula Carey convened a “Trial Court Working Group” to review the way these hearings operate, according to court spokeswoman Jennifer Donahue.
By Todd Wallack and Nicole Dungca , Globe Staff
A Plymouth county commissioner and a prominent Quincy city employee avoided criminal charges in private court hearings over the past several months.
By Nicole Dungca and Matt Stout , Globe Staff | Globe Correspondent
Officials were responding to a Globe Spotlight report that detailed how secret criminal hearings resulted in some suspects not facing charges for serious crimes — even though police had substantial evidence.