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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Will all filers be required to file Small Claims cases electronically using e-file?
2. Can my attorney file my case for me or can I file it myself as a self-represented litigant?
3. Are there any fees for filing electronically?
4. Are the fees, payment process or signature process different between the Attorney and self-represented paths?
5. How do I know if my computer will work with NH e-Court Project?
6. What if I don't have a computer?
7. Can I pay the filing fee electronically?
8. What if I need to pay the filing fee in cash?
9. Does e-Court foresee and encompass processing of cases electronically for other case types?
10. How do I sign the filing forms through NH e-Court Project?
11. What is an e-Rule?
12. Can I print my filing when I finish signing it and paying the fee?
13. If I donít print my case filing, how do I view it or know it was filed?
14. Are the forms designs that will appear on e-Court screens the same as the forms I use now?
15. How do I sign the filing forms through NH e-Court Project?
16. How do I seek help with the electronic filing of my case if I require it?
17. What else should I know before filing a case through NH e-Court Project?
18. Can attorneys use the self-represented method of filing?

 

1. Will all filers be required to file Small Claims cases electronically using e-file?
A. Yes, the system is a mandatory one where all filers must file via the e-court online filing system. However, NH e-Court Project is being rolled out initially only for the Small Claims case type and gradually, over a four to six month period. Concord and Plymouth courts require NH e-Court Project use by filers beginning July 30, 2014. Other court locations/jurisdictions are expected to be added to the Small Claims electronic filing in the four months following the July 30 initial implementation. An updated implementation by court is posted on the Judicial Branch Circuit Court web site periodically and can be viewed through this link.

2. Can my attorney file my case for me or can I file it myself as a self-represented litigant?
A. Yes, on both counts. NH e-Court Project has two electronic methods or paths for filing. One is geared toward self-represented filers and has more help, guided assistance and instructions to assist you in filing. The attorney version is more streamlined with less guided instruction.

3. Are there any fees for filing electronically?
A. Yes. Like most internet transactions, we charge an e-Filing Fee and a "Convenience Fee" for most transactions. 

4. Are the fees, payment process or signature process different between the Attorney and self-represented paths?
A. No.   

5. How do I know if my computer will work with NH e-Court Project?
A. Although the NH e-Court Project system is geared toward filing through the Internet from Internet connected locations, filers computers or libraries and other computer kiosk providers systems will need to meet certain technical requirements to be able to use e-Court. Those technical requirements are listed in this link. Questions pertaining to these requirements can be addressed by our NH e-Court Project staff by calling 1-855-212-1234.

6. What if I don't have a computer?
A. Computers are being installed in courthouse lobbies to access NH e-Court Project. Libraries and other public kiosks (computers) may be also be used.

7. Can I pay the filing fee electronically?
A. Yes, we encourage electronic credit card payments. We accept VISA, Master Card and Discover. You will be prompted for payment at the end of your electronic transaction. We do not accept transactions from other credit card brands, electronic checks, debit transactions, PayPal or other payment types through NH e-Court Project at this time.

8. What if I need to pay the filing fee in cash?
A. The Judicial Branch prefers credit card payments for efficiency of making the entire filing experience electronic. However, as a service to our filers, we understand some filers prefer cash. Therefore we allow filers to pay their fees via cash at the courthouse after the filer files the case electronically. Essentially, there is a feature at the end of the electronic filing process which is an option to defer payment to a transaction at the court. The electronic transaction is then processed into a holding status or queue until the payment is made and is not considered an official filing until such time as the payment is completed.

9. Does e-Court foresee and encompass processing of cases electronically for other case types?
A. Small Claims is the first case type of many funded and targeted for NH e-Court Project electronic filing. The Judicial Branch anticipates one to three more case types to be implemented in 2015. Through 2016, we anticipate approximately 120 case types to be implemented into electronic filing via NH e-Court Project in twelve distinct implementations of groups of similar case types.   

10. How do I sign the filing forms through NH e-Court Project?
A. NH e-Court Project is equipped with an easy to use electronic signature process that meets the new Judicial Branch e-Rules developed specifically for NH e-Court Project.

11. What is an e-Rule?
The Judicial Branch processes paper based cases today using certain Rules published for filers to follow to assist in successful filing and to offer an understanding of how the NHJB expects case events to occur. The sheer nature of electronic filing caused the court to redesign how a case is handled and resulted in new business rules for the electronic case processing borne by NH e-Court Project. Thus, a separate group of rules were adopted known as e-Rules which apply to electronically filed cases through NH e-Court Project. The new e-Rules are available in this link.

12. Can I print my filing when I finish signing it and paying the fee?
A. Yes. While the court will not print their copy of your filing in favor or using the electronic version throughout the court case business process, functionality exists for you to print your case filing.

13. If I donít print my case filing, how do I view it or know it was filed?
A. Once you have finished filing the case electronically, the final screen you complete will indicate so. Also, you will receive an email confirming your filing was received. Third, you will be able to view your case filing electronically at any time.     

14. Are the forms designs that will appear on e-Court screens the same as the forms I use now?
A. Not necessarily. NH e-Court Project sports a redesigned business process to improve efficiency of our former paper based processes. You are likely to see a similarity in our electronic versions, but some distinct differences as well. 

15. How do I sign the filing forms through NH e-Court Project?
A. NH e-Court Project is equipped with an easy to use electronic signature process that meets the new Judicial Branch e-Rules developed specifically for e-Court.

16. How do I seek help with the electronic filing of my case if I require it?
A. Our call center operators are available during specified hours to assist our filers over the telephone. They can be contacted at 1-855-212-1234. This number will appear on the filing screens for your convenience of calling during the process of filing your case.

17. What else should I know before filing a case through NH e-Court Project?
A. We recommend new NH e-Court Project filers return to the previous menu and view each document listed for assistance in understanding the nuances of New Hampshire’s new electronic case filing system NH e-Court Project.

18. Can attorneys use the self-represented method of filing?
A. Not initially. We plan to add this option over time, but initially in the Small Claims pilot it will not be available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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