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Bar News - January 15, 2014

Judicial Nominations, Confirmations to Improve Court Scheduling

Elizabeth Leonard

David Anderson

Charles Temple
If five pending judicial nominations are approved, the NH Superior Court and Circuit Court will be as close to full strength as they have been in several years.

Superior Court nominees Charles Temple of UNH Law (and a member of the NHBA Board of Governors), David Anderson of Pierce Atwood, and Lawrence MacLeod, a Circuit Court judge, would help fill out a total of 20 judicial positions on the Superior Court, leaving just two vacancies, if their nominations are confirmed by the Executive Council this month.

Also awaiting confirmation votes are Circuit Court nominees David Forrest, a former marital master, and Elizabeth Leonard of McDowell & Osburn. The NH Executive Council last month confirmed the appointments of Circuit Court judges Susan Carbon, Robert James Foley, Margaret-Ann Moran and Patricia Quigley, bringing the number of full-time Circuit Court judges up to 29. Five marital masters continue to hear cases.

The nominations and confirmations, along with the recent launch of a dedicated docket for complex trust cases, should improve scheduling in the trial courts as the new judges come aboard.

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