Judicial Branch, State of New Hampshire
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SCHEDULE SET TO REDUCE JURY TRIALS
CONCORD, July 15 --The Superior Court has implemented a schedule that will cut jury trials by one-third statewide through June 2011. The cancellation of jury selections in all 10 counties will save approximately $280,000 needed to help meet required reductions in the Judicial Branch budget.
Trials that were expected to be conducted during times when jury selection has now been cancelled have been rescheduled to later dates. Criminal trials in which a defendant has a constitutionally protected right to a speedy trial, will have priority over civil trials on the court schedule.
The cancellation of jury trials is one of several measures taken in order to meet reductions in its FY 10-11 Judicial Branch operating budget. All judges, marital masters and staff have already taken 4 of up to 14 unpaid furlough days in order to produce $3.1 million in spending reductions enacted by the legislature in March. The court system is shut down on those days, except for emergencies. In addition to eliminating months of jury trials, in order to meet an additional $1 million cut in its budget required by the legislature in June, the Judicial Branch has dramatically reduced the number of "per diem" judges in the District and Family Courts, maintained 62 non-judicial positions vacant, virtually eliminated the use of senior status judges and asked Governor Lynch not to fill 9 judicial vacancies.
At the same time, several New Hampshire court locations, facing case backlogs and staff shortages, have adjusted their office hours to allow employees uninterrupted time to process court orders and related case materials. For further information about court schedules, check the Judicial Branch website at www.courts.state.nh.us.
The following jury selection schedule will be implemented at the 10 Superior Courts: