Bar News - June 17, 2015
Court News: New State Budget Could Add 21st Superior Court Judge
By: Kristen Senz
The NH Judicial Selection Commission is in the process of reviewing applications for judgeships in Circuit Court and Superior Court, which could see the addition of a 21st judge with the passage of a new state budget, according to Chief Justice Tina Nadeau.
The position was included in the proposed budget the NH Senate approved in early June, but negotiations with the House continue this month.
Merrimack County Superior Court Judge Larry Smukler has announced plans to retire this summer, and Judge David Garfunkel of Hillsborough County South will turn 70 and must retire in February 2016. Circuit Court Judge Gary Cassavechia, who presides over the relatively new complex trust docket, also will retire that month. Circuit Court Judge Gerard Boyle, who sits in the 6th Circuit in Concord, retires this month but will continue hearing cases on senior status.
In addition to those vacancies, Judge David King, deputy chief administrative judge for the Circuit Court, said the court will look to bring on some part-time judges who would be paid per diem.
Nadeau said it’s unclear where the newly appointed judges will sit in the coming year.
“It all depends on who gets nominated and where our need is,” she said.