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SUPREME COURT ADOPTS NEW CIVIL PROCEDURE RULES
Concord, NH, May 22-- The New Hampshire Supreme Court today issued an order adopting new Rules of Civil Procedure for the New Hampshire Superior Court. The new rules will take effect on October 1, 2013, and will apply to all civil actions in the Superior Court pending as of that date or filed thereafter.
The prior Superior Court Rules will remain in effect for domestic relations cases in the Cheshire County Superior Court until the jurisdiction of the Circuit Court with respect to such cases is expanded to include Cheshire County. The prior Superior Court rules will also apply to criminal cases in the Superior Court until the Supreme Court adopts new rules of criminal procedure that will govern criminal cases in all New Hampshire trial courts.
The new civil rules are based on a draft proposal submitted to the Supreme Court in 2007 by the Committee on Cooperation with the Courts and reviewed by the Advisory Committee on Rules.
"The process of writing these rules was long and complex. All of us on the Supreme Court want to thank Attorney David Slawsky and the members of his subcommittee for all their dedication and hard work in bringing the new civil rules to fruition," Chief Justice Linda Stewart Dalianis said.
The new Rules of Civil Procedure primarily reorganize the existing rules for civil actions into a more orderly and user-friendly format, but also include a number of significant changes to current practice. For example, the new rules: