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January 22. 2014 1:00AM

All rise for his honor's open house

LEBANON — Longtime Lebanon Judge Albert J. Cirone Jr. will be honored at an open house later this month.

The open house is planned for 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Lebanon Courthouse, 38 Centerra Parkway.

Cirone retired earlier this month after serving for more than 25 years as the presiding justice of the 2nd Circuit Court in Lebanon.

Cirone has practiced law since 1973 and continuously in Lebanon since he moved to New Hampshire in 1974. He first lived in Canaan and now lives in Lebanon.

According to the state law library records going back to 1890, Cirone is the longest serving district court judge in the Lebanon district, he said Tuesday.

"I'm certainly proud of that," Cirone said.

Since the position only requires two to three days a week on the bench, depending on the case load, Cirone continued his law practice after being appointed to the court by Gov. John Sununu in 1988.

The presiding judge had died suddenly and Cirone said he felt compelled to apply for the position.

"I have always been a firm believer in public service and commitment to my community and region, and from my perspective this would be a wonderful opportunity to further those interests and to continue in the law in a different way. Continue to be a lawyer and have what I thought would be a positive impact on my region," Cirone said. "It certainly lived up to my expectations to being in involved with my community and my region and I hope continue both."

Cirone, who is 66, says he wanted to retire before the mandatory age of 70, but continues his law practice.

Light refreshments will be served at the open house courtesy of the Grafton County Bar Association.

For more information or a "rain date" in the event of inclement weather, contact Clerk Pam Kozlowski at pkozlowski@courts.state.nh.us or 1-855-212-1234.

mpierce@newstote.com


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