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New Merrimack County superior courthouse dedicated

  • Steve Duprey talks with Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky before the dedication of the Merrimack County Courthouse on Tuesday. Duprey was instrumental in the building of the courthouse.

  • The old Merrimack County Superior Courthouse is reflected in the windows of the new courthouse at the dedication of the building Tuesday.

  • Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Superior Court Tina L. Nadeau speaks to the crowd at the dedication of the Merrimack County Courthouse in courtroom one on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Chief Justice of the N. H. Supreme Court Robert J. Lynn cuts the ribbon at the new Merrimack County Courthouse on Tuesday, as Chief Justice of the N.H. Superior Court Tina L. Nadaeau (left) and N.H. Commissioner of Administrative Services Charles M. Arlinghaus look on.

Monitor staff
Published: 3/26/2019 9:39:59 PM

Four months after its first case was heard, members of New Hampshire’s judicial branch held a dedication ceremony for the new Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord.

The ceremony – and guided tours afterward – afforded a closer look to state and county officials who might not have everyday business in the courthouse.

The new courthouse, which was built right behind the old one, has three courtrooms, just like the one it replaced. The 35,000-square-foot building is roughly 2,000 square feet larger than the old historic courthouse, which has been converted to county office space.

Officials have been calling for a new courthouse since the 1990s, but other projects, like a new superior court in Cheshire and Hillsborough Counties and a women’s prison, took precedence.

The state committed $16.6 million for the project, which was completed last fall.

Tina Nadeau, chief justice of the superior court, hosted the ceremony and was joined by Charles Arlinghaus; the commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services; Tara Reardon, chairwoman of the Merrimack County Commissioners; and other state officials.

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