Date October 29, 2001 Contact: Laura Kiernan
Public Information Officer
271-2646 x359



CONCORD—Linda Fredricks, who has been member of the staff of the family division pilot project in Salem District Court since it began in 1996, has been selected to receive a Spirit of the Judiciary Award in recognition of her outstanding dedication to the court system and to the people it serves, Chief Justice David A. Brock announced.

Fredricks worked for the Salem District Court for 11 years before joining the Family Division which handles a wide range of issues involving families and children including juvenile and domestic violence, child custody, guardianships, adoptions and divorce. In nominating Fredricks for the award, Salem District Court Judge John A. Korbey said she "listens patiently and with empathy" to the children and adults involved in these cases, the lawyers and members of the public.

"Linda delivers a level of service to the public that is virtually unmatched in my twenty-four years of experience with the courts," Judge Korbey said.

The Spirit of the Judiciary Award was established by the Chief Justice in 1999 to honor an employee of the Judicial Branch for their exemplary commitment to public service. Fredricks, who is this year’s recipient from Rockingham County, will receive her award from the Chief Justice Tuesday, October 30 at 9:30 a.m. during a ceremony at the Salem District Court.

"Families in distress and kids in trouble are some of the most vulnerable people who come to our courthouses," the Chief Justice said, "Linda Fredricks not only listens to what they have to say, she keeps them informed about what’s happening in their case, all of which helps make their day in court a little less stressful."

For example, attorney Kevin P. Rauseo of Nashua, in a letter to court administrators, had commended Fredricks for her efforts to keep him and his client informed while they waited for the Salem Police Department to verify information in an emergency motion for custody.

"This may appear to be a minor issue to many non-practitioners but was truly appreciated and a gesture I will never forget," Rauseo wrote. "Waiting around a courthouse under these circumstances is an emotional and traumatic period and these updates gave much comfort to my client and lessened his anxiety," he said.

Fredricks, who lives in Salem with her husband Frazer, said she tries to offer a sympathetic ear to families, spouses and children who find themselves in a difficult situation.

"I always put myself in that situation," Fredricks said. "I just want to give back what people have given me over the years," she said.