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Judicial Branch, State of New Hampshire

For Immediate Release:
September 25, 2019

Ashley named Deputy Administrative Judge of the Circuit Court

CONCORD, NH – The Communications Office of the Judicial Branch released the following information today:

The New Hampshire Supreme Court has appointed the Hon. Susan W. Ashley to serve as deputy administrative judge of the state’s circuit court. Her five-year term runs through September 15, 2024.  Ashley was first nominated to the bench in 2006 and is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School.

Hon. David D. King, Administrative Judge of the Circuit, praised Ashley’s new role  saying, “I am extremely pleased that the Supreme Court has appointed Judge Ashley as the Deputy Administrative Judge.  As a former deputy clerk in the Superior Court, administrator of the Family Division and a seasoned trial judge with extensive experience in juvenile matters, Judge Ashley is a valuable asset to the Circuit Court.”

King added, “In her role as an administrative judge, she will be involved in all aspects of administration with an emphasis on juvenile matters in the Family Division as well as juvenile justice issues, while continuing to maintain a scaled back docket in Rochester.”   

The Circuit Court system includes 32 District, 28 Family, and 10 Probate Divisions all across the state. In 2018, the circuit court processed a total of 123,310 new filings.  The top five included: 64,634 criminal cases; 14,103 small claims; 9,166 domestic matters; 7,413 landlord/tenant and 6,993 estates.    


Media Contact:
Carole Alfano, Esq.
Communications Manager
NH Judicial Branch
One Charles Doe Drive
Concord, NH 03301
603.271.2646 (ext. 0243)