Case Dismissed: 1st Female Chief Justice of NH Supreme Court Forced to Retire
Photo — UNH School of Law
CONCORD (AP) — New Hampshire Supreme Court Chief Justice Linda Stewart Dalianis says she's retiring next year.
The state Constitution requires judges to retire at age 70. Dalianis reaches that age next October; her retirement is effective April 1, 2018.
She made her announcement Wednesday night at a Nashua Bar Association dinner, where she received a lifetime achievement award.
Dalianis became the first female to serve as chief justice, starting in 2010. She also was the first woman to sit on the high court after being nominated in 2000. Dalianis also served for almost 20 years on the superior court bench, as an associate justice and as chief justice, both firsts.
Gov. Chris Sununu thanked Dalianis for her dedicated service to the state and said she will be greatly missed by her colleagues.
“Chief Justice Dalianis is a trailblazer and a giant within the New Hampshire and national legal communities," Sununu said. "As the first woman to sit on our state’s highest court and to serve as Chief Justice, she has opened doors for women across this state and the nation who aspire to reach the highest levels of the legal profession."
It will be up to Sununu to nominate her successor. In June, his first nominee for the high court, Anna Barbara "Bobbie" Hantz Marconi, was confirmed.