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RULES OF THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE -- FAMILY DIVISION


SECTION 11 -- NOMINATIONS, APPOINTMENTS AND REAPPOINTMENTS OF MARITAL MASTERS
    

11.1  ORIGINAL NOMINATIONS: 

          (a)  When a marital master position is to be filled, the Administrative Judge shall form a committee to evaluate each applicant in the manner it deems appropriate and which shall make a recommendation to the Administrative Judge of the Judicial Branch Family Division who shall determine, with the concurrence of the supreme court, the candidate(s) to be submitted to the Governor and Council for appointment.

          (b)  Term of Appointment and Conditions:  The original term of appointment by Governor and Council shall be three years pursuant to RSA 490-B:7, III.  Thereafter, the term of office shall be five years.  The Administrative Judge of the Family Division may, at any time, consider and act on any grievance or complaint concerning a marital master and take whatever action is appropriate, including termination.  Marital masters shall be bound by the Canons of the Code of Judicial Conduct and serve at the pleasure of the Administrative Judge of the Family Division.

11.2    REAPPOINTMENT:

          (a)  A marital master desiring to be reappointed at the expiration of the masterís original term, must file a request with the Administrative Judge of the Judicial Branch Family Division, no later than ninety (90) days prior to the expiration of the term.

          (b)  In making the decision to reappoint, the Administrative Judge shall review all performance evaluations conducted during the masterís term of office, conduct a personal interview with the master as deemed necessary, and consider any other relevant information received from any person concerning the masterís performance during the masterís term of office.

          (c)  Reappointment shall be at the discretion of the Administrative Judge of the Judicial Branch Family Division, with the concurrence of the supreme court, subject to such conditions as may be appropriate.

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