Date: August 22, 2003 Contact: Laura Kiernan
Court Information Officer
(603)-271-2646 x359




CONCORD—Roselma T. Tucker, the deputy clerk of the Grafton County Superior Court, has received a "Spirit of the Judiciary Award" for her exemplary service to the judicial branch for more than 25 years.

Chief Justice David A. Brock presented the award to Tucker on August 13 during a noontime ceremony at the Superior Court in North Haverhill. Superior Court Chief Justice Walter L. Murphy also attended the ceremony along with Grafton County Superior Court Associate Justices Peter W. Smith and Jean K. Burling, members of the court staff, and Tucker’s husband, Philip and 15-year-old son Alex.

"Our employees are the most valuable resource we have in the judicial branch," Chief Justice David A. Brock said in announcing the award. "We are very grateful to each and every one of them for the dedicated service they provide to citizens of our state," the Chief Justice added.

The Spirit of the Judiciary program recognizes employees who have consistently demonstrated their reliability, positive attitude, and dedication to their co-workers in the court system. The statewide program is now in its fourth year.

Tucker began her career with the court system in 1978 and was appointed deputy clerk in 1983. She has also worked as supervisor of the criminal department. Court clerk Robert B. Muh, who nominated Tucker for the award, described her as a person of "uncompromising integrity and uncommonly sound judgment" whose guidance is invaluable in the most stressful conditions.

"Rose is a consummate professional for whom no problem is too great," Muh said. He added that Tucker "leaves no stone unturned in her efforts to provide competent, caring and responsive customer service to attorneys, litigants and members of the public alike. She motivates her co-workers through her personal example of teamwork and a consistently cheerful, positive attitude."

In addition to managing the daily caseload and working with judges in the courtroom, Tucker serves as the overall office manager, oversees the jury management and indigent counsel programs, and handles a wide range of specialty cases falling outside the scope of the criminal, marital, and civil/equity departments. Her daily activities include constant telephone and personal contact with attorneys, pro se litigants, and members of the general public.

One of the biggest challenges in Tucker’s work is dealing with citizens who represent themselves in court. "Even if you can’t actually give them an answer, you can try to give them a little direction on how to proceed," she said. "Sometimes they just want someone to listen."

Tucker has lived in Grafton County since 1978. In addition to her responsibilities in the court system, she enjoys skiing, traveling, attending her son’s sporting events, and following NASCAR.