Date: Nov. 5, 2004                                                    Contact: Laura Kiernan
                                                                                               Court Information Officer
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   OSSIPEE- Rebecca D. Burton, the deputy register in the Carroll County Probate Court, received a Spirit of the Judiciary Award from Chief Justice John T. Broderick  Jr. today during the dedication of the new Carroll County Courthouse.  The ceremony was attended by judges, lawyers, county commissioners, representatives of the state Department of Administrative Services, members of the law enforcement community and co-workers.

         Burton joined the New Hampshire Judicial Branch in July of 1988 at the Carroll County Superior Court.  In 1999, she moved to the Probate Court and in April of 2004, she became the Deputy Register.

          “We could not do our jobs without the support of our dedicated and talented staff,” Chief Justice Broderick said.  “Rebecca Burton is a great example of the men and women I have met over the past 10 months visiting courts all around our state. They are a great credit to the judicial branch and I am grateful for their service." 

        Co-workers who nominated Burton for the award described her as a team player whose organizational skills and willingness to pitch in make her a valuable member of the probate court staff.

    "Our number one job is to serve the public and guide them through the system, especially here in probate court where you need to be compassionate, understanding, and patient," said Gail A. Monet, the Carroll County register of probate. "Becky is all of those things," Monet said.

     The event honoring Burton was attended by about 100 guests, including Commissioner Don Hill, Superior Court Chief Justice Robert J.Lynn and Administrative Judge John R. Maher of the Probate Court.

    The Spirit of the Judiciary Award was established in 1999 by then Chief Justice David A. Brock.  The award recognizes judicial branch employees for their commitment to the court system and its mission to provide fair and efficient court services of the citizens of New Hampshire. It has been awarded on a regional basis after nominations are submitted by fellow employees, lawyers or court constituents.  The recipients were selected by a committee representing each level of court and the Administrative Office of the Courts.

   Burton is married to Bob Burton and has two daughters, Meredith Burton and Heather Burton and one grand-daughter, Callie. She said she was honored to received the award and she gave credit to the supportive members of her office.

    "Everyone makes this place such a joy to work in because we all cooperate with each other," Burton said.