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For Immediate Release
Posted: November 15, 2021


Susan Warner, Communications Manager
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Dianne Martin Announced as the Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts

CONCORD, N.H. - The New Hampshire Judicial Branch announces that Dianne Martin of Deerfield has assumed the position of Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC).  Today is her first day in that post.  

Before joining the judicial branch, Martin served as the chairwoman of the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (PUC), which she led through the recent creation of the state’s Department of Energy. Prior to that, she served in several roles at the Department of Justice, most recently as Associate Attorney General and Chief of Staff, as well as the statewide contract procurement specialist. She also litigated at all levels of the New Hampshire Court System. Martin was also previously General Counsel for the New Hampshire Division for Juvenile Justice and an in-house victim advocate at Concord Circuit Court.

Martin graduated from Saint Anselm College in 1996 with a bachelor of arts. She earned her juris doctor from Boston College Law School in 2002. 

“Dianne is especially well prepared to lead the Administrative Office of the Courts,” said Gordon J. MacDonald, Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. “Her extensive experience as a leader in state government as well as her substantive knowledge will be of great benefit to the Judicial Branch as we move forward in implementing strategic initiatives to better serve the public.”

“I am honored to be joining the Judicial Branch and the Administrative Office of the Courts,” said Dianne Martin. “As director of the AOC, I am excited to support the critical work of providing access to justice for the citizens of New Hampshire.”

Martin succeeds Christopher Keating who left his position earlier this year upon his confirmation as a Circuit Court Judge.  The Administrative Office of the Courts provides operational support to New Hampshire’s unified court system in its constitutional responsibility to provide for the administration of justice.  The AOC is responsible for the Judicial Branch’s statewide functions of audit, communications, facilities, fiscal, legal, human resources, information technology, and security.