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Judicial Branch, State of New Hampshire

Laura Kiernan
Communications Director
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Superior Court Judge Arnold to retire in November

CONCORD, September 9, 2011 —Superior Court Judge John P. Arnold, the presiding judge in Cheshire County, is retiring in November after more than 18 years on the bench. Following his retirement, he will be available to sit as needed as a senior status judge.

Judge Arnold was nominated to the court in November 1992 by then Gov. Judd Gregg and began his service on the court in January 1993. Before joining the court, Judge Arnold served for four years as New Hampshire Attorney General.

“It has been an honor for me to serve the people of New Hampshire , as attorney general, and as a Superior Court judge,” Judge Arnold said. “I want to thank my colleagues, the attorneys who appeared in front of me, and especially the court staff who gave me their support over all these years. I look forward to a continuing association with the Superior Court, as a senior status judge, if my help is needed,” he said.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Linda Stewart Dalianis described Judge Arnold as an “excellent trial judge who will be sorely missed” at both the Cheshire County Superior Court in Keene, and nearby at the Sullivan County Superior Court in Newport, where he has regularly presided at court proceedings over the years.

“I have known Judge Arnold since the days when we were growing up in the Peterborough area,” the Chief Justice said. “ I have great personal and professional regard for him and I hope he will give us as much time as he can as a senior status judge.”

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.