Nov 15, 2015 1:04 PM

Chief justice names new administrative director

The Associated Press

CONCORD — New Hampshire's chief justice has named a veteran lawyer to be the next director of the court's administrative division.

Chief Justice Linda Dalianis says attorney Christopher Keating of Tuftonboro will become executive director of the Administrative Office of the Courts next spring.

He will succeed attorney Donald Goodnow, who retires in April.

Keating served as executive director of the New Hampshire Public Defender's office for 11 years before being tapped in 2012 to head the Judicial Council. The council provides funding for the Indigent Defense Fund, the Contract Attorney Program, the New Hampshire Public Defender's Office and New Hampshire Legal Aid, among other agencies.

As administrative director, Keating will prepare the biennial budget for the Judicial Branch and oversee the office's various divisions.

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