Sununu close to naming new justice

CONCORD – Gov. Chris Sununu is close to naming his pick for the New Hampshire Supreme Court to replace outgoing Chief Justice Linda Dalianis.

“We’d like to move forward as quickly as possible,” Sununu sad Wednesday during an Executive Council meeting.

Sununu’s Judicial Selection Commission is zeroing in on names of candidates to replace Dalianis, as well as possible picks for the next chief justice.

Sununu said he’d like to have nominees before the Executive Council by early to mid-February in order to allow Dalianis time to show the new justice the ropes.

Dalianis, a Nashua resident, announced earlier this month that she plans to retire, and will be leaving the court in April.

Sununu wants the new justice ready to start once Dalianis leaves.

Dalianis blazed a trail in New Hampshire’s judiciary, becoming the first female Superior Court judge in 1980, the first female Superior Court chief justice in 2000, then the first female Supreme Court judge later that year, and the first female Supreme Court chief justice in 2010.

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