Date: November 20, 2003


Laura Kiernan
Court Information Officer
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NASHUA- Diane Roberge, the supervisor of the civil division at Hillsborough Superior Court Southern District, received a Spirit of the Judiciary Award on November 17th from Chief Justice David A. Brock for her outstanding commitment to public service.

Roberge, who joined the court system in 1988, was described by her colleagues as a highly organized individual who runs the civil division like "clockwork." Roberge also supervises computer orientation and training for all new employees.

"There is not a function in the clerk's office that Diane cannot or has not performed," Clerk Marshall A. Buttrick said in nominating Roberge for the award. "She is part of the backbone of the office and without employees such as Diane, we would not be able to provide the present level and quality of service to the public," he said.

The Chief Justice presented Roberge with the award during a ceremony also attended by Supreme Court Associate Justice Linda S. Dalianis, who served as supervisory judge in Nashua before coming to the appeals court. Superior Court Judge William J. Groff, the current supervisory judge in Nashua, and Judges Bernard J. Hampsey Jr. and Gary E. Hicks, as well as many courthouse employees were also present for the event.

During the ceremony, Chief Justice Brock thanked Roberge, and all the court employees in Hillsborough South, for their loyalty and commitment to the administration of justice, particularly during stressful times.

"All of us who are judges know that we could not do our jobs without the support, and the loyalty, shown by you and all of our dedicated employees," the Chief Justice said.

In brief remarks after accepting the award, Roberge said that she is grateful to everyone in the courthouse for their support in getting the job done everyday.

"Working here at Hills South is a team effort," Roberge said.

Roberge worked for four years at the Superior Court in Manchester before coming to Nashua in 1992 as the civil division supervisor. She lives in Manchester with her husband of 25 years, George Roberge. They have two daughters, Melissa and Katie and two grandsons. 

The Spirit of the Judiciary program was established in 1999 by Chief Justice Brock to recognize judicial branch employees for their dedication to the court system and its mission to provide fair and efficient court services for the citizens of New Hampshire.