MARCH 14, 2005
CONTACT: Laura Kiernan
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FOCUSES ON CHANGE AND NEW CHALLENGES
CONCORD—The Judicial Branch 2003-04
Report was released today summarizing
developments in the court system, including statewide expansion of the Family
Division and the purchase of an up-to-date case management system for the trial
courts that will dramatically improve electronic access to court records.
“Justice Moving Forward—A Time for Change,” is available in
electronic form on the judicial branch website, www.courts.state.nh.us.
Caseload statistics are included in the report as well as a detailed breakdown
of Judicial Branch expenditures for FY 2003-2004.
In the past two years, there have been major changes in leadership for the court system, which includes more than 600 staff members, judges and marital masters at 48 locations. In June 2004, Senior Associate Justice John T. Broderick Jr., was confirmed as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court following the retirement of David A. Brock, who had been chief justice for 17 years. Also in 2004, Superior Court Justice Robert J. Lynn was confirmed as Chief Justice of the state trial court system
Justice is the administrative head of the court system and works in cooperation
with the Chief Justice of the Superior Court, the administrative judges of the
district and probate courts and the Family Division and with director of the
Administrative Office of the Courts.
Other highlights in the report include an update on “Reclaiming
Futures,” a project in juvenile drug courts in five locations; expansion of
mediation programs; and a new attorney discipline program. A section of the
report entitled “Looking Forward to the Future” includes excerpts from Chief
Justice Broderick’s “State of the Judiciary” address, delivered in
The 16-page, full color report was produced by the Judicial Branch
Communications Office. Print copies will be available for review at courthouses
throughout New Hampshire, as well as at the State Library, 20 Park Street,
Concord, and the New Hampshire Law Library, located in the Supreme Court
building at One Noble Drive, Concord.