Date: December 11, 2002 Contact: Laura Kiernan
Court Information Officer
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MEDIA ADVISORY

 

CONCORD--The New Hampshire Judicial Branch today launched a newly redesigned, full color Website, www.courts.state.nh.us, with improved navigation and new features including a "Student Center" with education resources, a handbook for jurors, detailed background on the court system and its administration and a new listing of opinions published by the Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics.

Other new features include a section on "Frequently Asked Questions," a guide to the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program and a "What’s New" page to be maintained by the Court Public Information Office. The Website, which was first launched in 1995, will continue to publish all data that had been included on the original Judicial Branch site, including Supreme Court opinions, calendars, court rules and codes of conduct for judges and lawyers.

"We are committed to making information about the court system readily available to our citizens within the limits of our technological resources," Chief Justice Brock said. "Our redesigned Website is more user friendly and easier to navigate, and we hope that it will better serve all New Hampshire citizens. We hope they like what they see and will send us their suggestions for improvements," he said.

The Website redesign was conducted by Thomas A. Edwards, director of management information systems for the Judicial Branch, and Laura Kiernan, the Court Public Information Officer. Initial design plans were developed by Theresa M. Pare, information technology manager for WEBSTER, the state Website, and Linda Sheldon, systems development specialist.

Technical assistance in producing the new Web pages was provided by Connie Rosemont of Concord, N.H. and funded by a $2,000 grant from the nonprofit New Hampshire Bar Foundation, which helps fund efforts to inform the public about the justice system. Bill Brock of Dallas, Texas, a computer consultant and a son of Chief Justice Brock, volunteered design and technical assistance in the early stages of the project.

For more information, contact the Court Public Information Office at lkiernan@courts.state.nh.us.