THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

SUPREME COURT OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

O R D E R

 

Pursuant to Part II, Article 73-a of the New Hampshire Constitution and Supreme Court Rule 51, the Supreme Court of New Hampshire approves an amendment to Supreme Court Rule 56 (III) on a temporary basis as set forth in Appendix A, which shall take effect on July 1, 2003. The temporary amendment set forth in Appendix A shall be referred to the Advisory Committee on Rules for consideration of whether it should be adopted on a permanent basis.

June 2, 2003

ATTEST: ___________________________

                Eileen Fox, Clerk
                Supreme Court of New Hampshire

APPENDIX A

Amend Supreme Court Rule 56 (III) on a temporary basis by deleting said subsection and replacing it with the following:

(III) Evaluation of Supreme Court Justices

    The supreme court shall design a questionnaire to be distributed every three years to a representative selection of attorneys and parties who appeared before the court to assess the performance of the court during this period.

    The court will adopt relevant objective appellate court performance standards and regularly evaluate its performance according to such standards.

    Each justice shall complete a self-evaluation form designed to assess whether the justice has met the applicable judicial performance standards during the evaluation period.

    The justices shall meet annually to evaluate each other's performance.