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Forrest confirmed by Council as Circuit Court judge

TEMPLE — David Forrest of Temple was among five Superior and Circuit court judge nominees confirmed by the Executive Council last week.

Forrest has been appointed to be a judge in the Circuit Court, along with Elizabeth M. Leonard of Concord. Additionally, three people were appointed to serve as Superior Court judges, including David A. Anderson of Portsmouth, Lawrence A. MacLeod, Jr. of Lebanon, and Charles S. Temple of Concord.

All five nominees were recommended by Gov. Maggie Hassan’s Judicial Selection Commission, a bipartisan panel which advises Hassan on judicial nominations. Nominees are selected based on experience, good character and judicial temperament.

“These five highly qualified individuals have demonstrated a strong commitment to a fair, effective and transparent New Hampshire judicial system, and each has clearly demonstrated the experience, integrity and temperament that the people of our state expect of their judges,” Hassan is quoted as saying in a press release issued Wednesday. “I thank the Executive Council for confirming these dedicated public servants, and I look forward to continuing to work with the Judicial Branch to ensure that justice is done fairly and effectively on behalf of the people of New Hampshire.”

According to New Hampshire’s official judicial website, there are 10 Circuit Courts in the state, and the system is divided into the District, Probate and Family divisions. It’s unclear to which court Forrest has been appointed.

Forrest is currently serving as a Judicial Referee in the Family Division of the 8th Circuit Court in Keene. Referees aid judges by hearing particularly complex issues such as financial accountings, property lien issues, or business valuation disputes and making recommendations. They are generally delegated a portion of judicial power, but do not issue enforceable orders.

Among the issues Forrest has specialized in during his time at the Keene court are divorce, parenting cases, paternity and child support cases, and domestic violence, according to a press release issued by Hassan’s office on Dec. 19, following his nomination.

From 2004 to 2012, before his position in the Keene court, Forrest served as a Marital Master in the Superior Court in Hillsborough, Sullivan and Cheshire counties, according to the Dec. 19 release. Forrest received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and his law degree from the Western New England College School of Law.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ex. 244, or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaari.

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