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Public Information Office - Special Programs/Committees

Constitution Day Essay Contest

To help celebrate Constitution Day, observed in the nation's schools each year on September 17, the New Hampshire Supreme Court has joined with state newspapers to sponsor an annual "Constitution Day Essay Contest" for grades 5-12 on a topic related to our constitutional rights as citizens.

"On the Road" 

The Supreme Court "On the Road" program, which is coordinated by the Public Information Office,  provides high school students and community members with a unique opportunity to see the Supreme court at work.

Since 2002, the court has held oral arguments in real cases at St. Anselm College in Manchester, Dover High School, Dartmouth College, Plymouth State University, Keene State College, Nashua High School North, Phillips Exeter Academy and Berlin High School. Each event was attended by hundreds of high school students. After oral argument, the students, who had been briefed on the cases prior to argument  by volunteers from the New Hampshire Bar Association, had the opportunity to ask counsel about their cases. Following oral argument, the members of the Supreme Court answered questions  from the students about the court and its work.

"Committee on the Judiciary and the Media"

In November 2002, a joint Committee on the Judiciary and the Media was established to improve communication between the court system and the media. The goal of the committee is to provide a forum for addressing  important issues that arise concerning media coverage of the judicial system. The committee, which will meet four times a year, is chaired jointly by a representative of the judiciary and a representative from the media. 

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