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State of New Hampshire

Methods of Judicial Selection: New Hampshire

Judicial Nominating Commissions

In 2005, Governor Lynch created a judicial selection commission by executive order. In 2013, Governor Hassan followed suit, using an executive order to create a new commission. The current commission consists of between 9 and 11 members, chosen by the Governor, representing all of the state's Executive Council Districts. When a vacancy arises on any state court, the commission evaluates applicants and recommends qualified persons to the governor. While the governor may request that the commission engage in a further search for qualified applicants, she must make her nomination from the persons identified by the commission. For more information, see Judicial Merit Selection: Current Status.