DATE: June 29, 2007                                                         CONTACT: Laura Kiernan
                                                                                                                Judicial Branch
                                                                                                                Communications Director
                                                                                                                603-271-2646 ext 2359






CONCORD—The cost for filing most new cases in the New Hampshire courts will increase by $30.00 on July 1, 2007.  An order amending fee rules was issued by the Supreme Court today.

There will be no increase in the cost for filing small claims cases; the filing fee for landlord tenant cases in all courts, and for criminal appeals to the Supreme Court will increase by only $5.00.

Seven percent of filing fees go to an escrow fund, managed by the Department of Administrative Services, to pay for improvements in court facilities, including changes needed to allow access to courts as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act. In marital cases, $41.00 of each filing fee is deposited into a fund to compensate mediators and guardians ad litem for children in cases in which parents are indigent. The remaining funds generated by fees on cases are deposited into the state’s general fund.

The changes in filing fees are the result of actions taken by the state legislature. Some of the increased revenue is expected to help fund legal services for low income citizens and to pay for court-appointed lawyers for indigent criminal defendants.