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Judicial Branch, State of New Hampshire

Laura Kiernan
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Superior Court Judges Mangones and Barry to Retire in April


CONCORD-Longtime Superior Court Judges Philip P. Mangones and James J. Barry plan to retire from the trial court bench on April 30, 2010. Both judges have agreed to sit as needed as senior status judges.

Judge Mangones served as presiding justice at the Cheshire County Superior Court in Keene and also served in the Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord and in the Hillsborough County Superior Courts, both in the Northern District in Manchester and the Southern District in Nashua. He was appointed to the Superior Court in 1987 by then Gov. John H. Sununu.

"Everyday has been a challenge," Judge Mangones said. "You go to work and there are different issues that arise, different people, and it always remained interesting during the whole 22 years," he added. He said that while he leaves the court with "mixed feelings in the sense that I truly enjoyed serving as a judge" he now looks forward to the more flexible schedule of senior status.

Judge Barry has lived for 64 years in Manchester and spent many years as the presiding justice at the Hillsborough Superior Court North on Chestnut Street in the city's downtown. "It has been the most wonderful 21 years of my life," Barry said. "It was an opportunity to serve with some of the most able, capable and competent people that God has ever created," the judge said. "They have helped make the New Hampshire judiciary the guardian of the rights guaranteed by the constitution," he added.

Superior Court Chief Justice Robert J. Lynn described Judge Barry as a "conscientious and hardworking judge." Before his appointment to the Superior Court in 1988, also by Gov. Sununu, Judge Barry served for two years as a district court judge in Pittsfield.

Lynn described Judge Mangones, who lives in Keene, as a "first rate judge" who was "always willing to serve whenever and wherever he was needed."

"The superior court is grateful to them both for their many years of exceptional service to the judiciary and I personally wish them both every success in their well-deserved retirements," Judge Lynn said.

Supreme Court Chief Justice John T. Broderick Jr. said that both Judges Mangones and Barry had served "in the best and highest tradition of the superior court."

"They will both be missed, but I am very pleased to know that they will continue to serve as needed in senior status," Chief Justice Broderick said.

The retirements create three vacancies on the 22-member Superior Court. Judge Kathleen McGuire announced in January that she also plans to retire in April, after 20 years on the Superior Court. Judge McGuire is currently presiding justice at Belknap County Superior Court in Laconia.

By executive order, a Judicial Selection Commission interviews applicants for judgeships and then sends recommendations to the governor for consideration. The Governor's appointments to the court are subject to confirmation by the Executive Council, after a public hearing.