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Judicial Branch, State of New Hampshire

Laura Kiernan
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Longtime Superior Court Clerk Robert Muh to Retire in January

North Country courts will transition to regional clerk system

CONCORD, September 8 Attorney Robert B. Muh, who has been clerk of the Grafton County Superior Court since 1987, will retire in January 2011 after 27 years of service in state government. Before joining the court system, Muh worked for four years in the criminal division of the New Hampshire Attorney General's office.

Superior Court Chief Justice Robert J. Lynn announced that following Muh's retirement, Coos County Superior Court Clerk David P. Carlson will be named regional clerk serving both at the Coos location in Lancaster and at the Grafton County Superior Court location in North Haverhill. To help facilitate the transition into a regional clerk operation, Muh will manage the Coos County clerk's office in Lancaster from October through December while Carlson works as clerk in the Grafton County courthouse.

Lynn praised Muh for his tireless dedication to the Superior Court. "Bob is widely respected by the bar and the public for his knowledge of court rules and procedures, his friendly easy-going style, and his willingness to go the extra mile to be helpful to people in need of assistance. His retirement will be a real loss for the superior court," Chief Justice Lynn said.

Carlson's assignment as regional clerk is part of the Superior Court's long term plan for consolidating the management of the smaller superior courts throughout the state. Currently, the Cheshire and Sullivan County Superior Courts are managed by a regional clerk.

Chief Justice Lynn expressed confidence that Carlson's assignment as regional clerk would bring to the North Country more efficient and coordinated scheduling between the two courts and more effective use of staff and judicial resources, while also helping to reduce personnel costs. He noted that Carlson will be working with veteran deputy clerks Rose Tucker in North Haverhill and Lana Lesperance in Lancaster, whose extensive experience in court operations will ensure a smooth transition to the regional clerk system.

Carlson, a member of the New Hampshire Bar since 1983, was in private practice of law for 18 years prior to assuming responsibilities as Clerk of the Coos County Superior Court in 2001. In recent years, in addition to his management responsibilities, he has played an active role in the smooth transition of the Superior Court to the Odyssey case management system.