Sununu taps Lynn for Chief Justice

Courtesy photo Judge Robert Lynn.

CONCORD – Gov. Chris Sununu wants Judge Robert Lynn to replace outgoing New Hampshire Supreme Court Chief Justice Linda Dalianis.

Lynn is currently an associate justice on the Supreme Court.

“(He) is an exceptional, experienced judge with impeccable credentials,” Sununu said. “Having served as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court for the past seven years, I am certain (Lynn) will serve with honor and distinction as the Chief Justice of New Hampshire’s highest court. His immense experience makes him the perfect person to lead the Judicial Branch during this time of extraordinary change and transition.”

Lynn has served on New Hampshire’s highest court since his nomination by Gov. John Lynch in 2010. From 2004-10 he was Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Superior Court, after having served as an Associate Justice of the Superior Court since 1992.

“I am humbled and deeply honored by Governor Sununu’s nomination of me to serve as the next Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court,” Lynn said. “A fair-minded and independent judiciary is an essential component of our democratic system, and it has been my great privilege to have served as a part of that system for over 25 years. I look forward to meeting with the Executive Council and, if confirmed, to continuing to serve the citizens of our great state in the position of Chief Justice.”

The nomination is set to become official at Wednesday’s Executive Council meeting. Sununu still needs to nominate a judge to fill the vacancy created with Dalanis’s retirement. Dalianis announced earlier this year she was retiring, with plans to step down from the court in April.

Damien Fisher can be reached at 594-1245 or or @Telegraph_DF.