Date: June 25, 2002 Contact: Laura Kiernan
Court Information Officer
(603)-271-2646 x359


Longtime Plymouth Court Employee Receives Spirit of the Judiciary Award

CONCORD—Patricia M. Paquette will receive a "Spirit of the Judiciary" Award on Thursday, June 27th from Supreme Court Chief Justice David A. Brock. Paquette, who began working at the Plymouth District Court in 1990, is the court bookkeeper.

In nominating Paquette for the award, District Court Clerk John R. McKinnon cited Paquette’s reputation for "unmatched accuracy." He added that beyond her accounting skills "Patty often helps members of the public and is always professional and courteous and at ease even under difficult circumstances."

"Patty is very familiar with, and well liked by all the regular customers, judges, attorneys and defendants alike. This award would be most appropriate as a modest display of our appreciation for having such an excellent staff team member," Clerk McKinnon said.

The Spirit of the Judiciary Award program was established by Chief Justice Brock to recognize court employees whose work exemplifies outstanding public service. Nominations are made throughout the year from six regions around the state and the recipient is selected by a committee of staff members from the Administrative Office of the Courts, and the Supreme, Superior, District and Probate Courts.

Paquette, this year’s recipient from Coos and Grafton Counties, is the third winner of the Spirit of the Judiciary Award from Plymouth District Court. The previous recipients from the courthouse staff are Marie Jacobs, who oversees the criminal division (2000), and Court Security Officer Bernard Hughes (2001).

"I’m proud to be the third person here in Plymouth to receive the award," Paquette said. She described the Plymouth District Court as a "family oriented work environment where co-workers are quick to pitch in to help each other out."

"We’re friends and we are very supportive of one another," she added.

Clerk McKinnon said Paquette, who has two young children, successfully manages the demands of home and work while maintaining an "outstanding" attendance record.

"I don’t think I am any different than anybody else who has been working in the court system and has children," Paquette responded. She said she and her husband Tim both have benefited from the support of "understanding" supervisors and co-workers at their jobs.

Paquette will receive the Spirit of the Judiciary Award during a ceremony at 2:30 p.m. at Plymouth District Court. Administrative Judge Edwin W. Kelly of the District Court will join Chief Justice Brock for the presentation. Judge Susan B. Carbon, supervisory judge of the Grafton County Family Division, and Laconia District Court Clerk Diane Lane, who was district court clerk in Plymouth and Paquette’s supervisor, also plan to attend.