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State of New Hampshire

Methods of Judicial Selection: New Hampshire

Selection of Judges

Number of Judgeships
Supreme Court: 5
Superior Court: 22
Number of Districts/Circuits
Supreme Court: --
Superior Court: --
Geographic Basis for Selection
Supreme Court: statewide
Superior Court: statewide
Method of Selection (full term)
Supreme Court: gubernatorial nomination from selection commission recommendation; appointment by the executive council*
Superior Court: gubernatorial nomination from selection commission recommendation; appointment by the executive council*
Length of Term
Supreme Court: to age 70
Superior Court: to age 70
Method of Retention
Supreme Court: N/A
Superior Court: N/A
Length of Subsequent Terms
Supreme Court: N/A
Superior Court: N/A
Method of Filling Interim Vacancies
Supreme Court: gubernatorial nomination from selection commission recommendation; appointment by the executive council*
Superior Court: gubernatorial nomination from selection commission recommendation; appointment by the executive council*
When Interim Judges Stand for Election/Appointment
Supreme Court: N/A
Superior Court: N/A
Selection of Chief Judge/Justice
Supreme Court: gubernatorial nomination from selection commission recommendation; appointment by the executive council*
Superior Court: gubernatorial nomination from selection commission recommendation; appointment by the executive council*
Term of Office for Chief Judge/Justice
Supreme Court: 5 yrs or to age 70
Superior Court: to age 70
Qualifications
Supreme Court: mandatory retirement age of 70
Superior Court: mandatory retirement age of 70

Selection and retention methods and term lengths are prescribed by Articles 46 and 73 of the New Hampshire Constitution and Executive Order 2013-6.

*The executive council is a constitutionally authorized, five-member body charged with advising the governor. Council members are chosen every two years in partisan elections.