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State of New Hampshire

History of Reform Efforts: New Hampshire

Formal Changes Since Inception

1784
All judges appointed for life by the governor and the council.

1792
Mandatory retirement age of 70 imposed.

2000
Governor Shaheen became the first New Hampshire governor to create a judicial nominating commission by executive order.

2001
Supreme court justices serve as chief justice for rotating five-year terms based on seniority.

2005
Governor Lynch followed Governor Shaheen's example with an executive order creating a judicial selection commission.