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Bar News - January 15, 2010

Judge Kathleen McGuire to Retire

Kathleen A. McGuire
Kathleen A. McGuire, an Associate Justice of the NH Superior Court for more than 20 years, has announced that she intends to retire, effective April 2, 2010. Judge McGuire will assume senior active status and will remain eligible to sit as a judge when needed.

Judge McGuire had been a prosecutor in the Attorney General’s office and chief of the Criminal Bureau before she was nominated for a seat on the trial court in 1989 by then Gov. Judd Gregg. She was the third woman to be appointed to the Superior Court bench.

In a letter to the governor, Judge McGuire, 61, said she felt "extremely fortunate" to have served as a judge for two decades.

"I have loved the intellectual challenge of being a general jurisdiction trial judge and the energy generated by busy dockets and jury trials," Judge McGuire wrote. " At the same time, I have striven to appreciate the responsibility that comes with making daily decisions that impact the lives of those who appear before me," she said.

Judge McGuire is currently the presiding justice at Belknap Superior Court in Laconia and also served as presiding justice at Merrimack Superior Court in Concord. Before her assignment in Belknap County, Judge McGuire was assigned to the Hillsborough North Superior Court in Manchester.

"She is highly intelligent, thoughtful and diligent and has been a real asset to the Superior Court. We wish her every success and happiness in all her future endeavors" Chief Justice Robert J. Lynn of the Superior Court said of Judge McGuire.

McGuire’s retirement will reduce the number of Superior Court judges from 22 to 21, including four new members nominated by Gov. Lynch and confirmed by the executive council last fall.

"Gov. Lynch has been very attentive to the judicial needs of the Superior Court and I am hopeful that he will fill the vacancy created by Judge McGuire’s retirement as soon as possible," Lynn said. By executive order, a Judicial Selection Commission interviews applicants for judgeships and then sends recommendations to the governor for consideration.

This is an abbreviated version of a Judicial Branch news release issued Jan. 4, 2010.

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