Governor Sununu and the NH Courts suspended in person court proceedings from March 17, 2020 through April 6, 2020. Jury selection in NH was cancelled on Friday March 13, 2020. This is due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The NH Supreme Court has ordered that all NH courts are to remain open and operating during normal business hours. The Court system has cancelled all but emergency hearings which means: arraignments, bail issues, juvenile proceedings, DV petitions, Stalking petitions and other emergency situations.
It is my understanding that most of the jails and prisons in NH have significantly reduced in person access and are limiting contact with lawyers and inmates. The Superior and District Courts in NH still have clerks and judges that are working but the buildings themselves are not allowing people to attend hearings in person. There have been some telephonic or video hearings conducted. In short this pandemic has caused the courts and the legal system to come to an abrupt stop.
If you have questions about whether you have court or what the status of a case is, you can call the Trial Court Information Center at 1-855-212-1234 to answer any questions you may have. You can also check the NH Courts website. If you have questions about a pending case you can reach me at my office number 603-788-2080.
|Grafton Superior/ Haverhill District
|Coos Superior/ Lancaster District