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Judicial Branch, State of New Hampshire
Laura Kiernan
Communications Director
603-271-2646 ext 2359




April 9, 2009---Superior Court Chief Justice Robert J. Lynn announced today that he has appointed Senior Superior Court Judge Bruce E. Mohl, a former deputy attorney general of New Hampshire, to conduct an internal review of cases involving civil commitment of sexually violent predators that were recently dismissed for failure to meet time deadlines.

Judge Mohl had been supervisory justice in Strafford County Superior Court for 14 years before he retired from the court in March 2007 and assumed senior judge status. Prior to his appointment to the Superior Court in 1988, by then Gov. John Sununu, Mohl served as deputy attorney general from 1985-1988 and as chief of the civil division from 1982-1985. He also served as chair of the Judicial Branch Personnel Appeals Board. As a senior status judge, Mohl has been assigned on a per diem basis to preside in cases at various Superior Court locations at the request of the Chief Justice. He also conducts a private mediation and arbitration practice.

Chief Justice Lynn initiated discussions with Judge Mohl on Wednesday, April 8 after first putting into place immediate procedures in all Superior Court locations to make sure that strict time limits are met for petitions involving civil commitment of sexually violent predators. In a letter to Judge Mohl today, confirming his appointment, Chief Justice Lynn said "This is obviously of great concern to all of us in the justice system, and to the public. As we discussed yesterday, as Chief Justice, I feel that it is important that there be an independent review of the circumstances surrounding these cases. I want to thank you for your willingness to take on this important responsibility." A copy of Judge Lynn's letter is available on the Judicial Branch web site.

Chief Justice Lynn also announced today that Kimberly D. France of the Human Resources Department at the Administrative Office of the Courts will work with Judge Mohl in conducting his review. In her role at the AOC, France assists judges and court administrators with personnel matters, including policies and procedures, and helps develop employee and management training programs.

Prior to joining the court system, France worked in communications at both the NH Retirement System and the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development.