Public comment for the reappointment of Magistrate Judge Daniel J. Lynch

The current term of appointment for Clerk of Court/United States Magistrate Judge Daniel J. Lynch of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire is due to expire on January 13, 2018. The Court is required by law to establish a panel to consider the reappointment of the magistrate judge to a new four-year term.

In addition to the administrative duties in the Clerk’s Office, the judicial duties of this combined Clerk of Court/Magistrate Judge position include (1) providing coverage in the absence of the full-time Magistrate Judge; (2) conducting preliminary proceedings in criminal cases; (3) conducting various pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings on delegation from the District Judges; and (4) trying and disposing of civil cases upon consent of the litigants. The basic jurisdiction of the United States Magistrate Judge is specified in 28 U.S.C. § 636.

Members of the bar and the public are invited to comment on whether Daniel J. Lynch should be recommended by the panel for reappointment to the court as a combined Clerk of Court/Magistrate Judge. All comments will be confidential and only reviewed by the Merit Selection Panel and the Judges of the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire.

Comments should be directed to Chief Judge Joseph N. Laplante, U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire, 55 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH 03301 and marked MERIT PANEL SELECTION-CONFIDENTIAL. Comments must be received by: September 29, 2017.