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RULES OF THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE -- DISTRICT DIVISION

CIVIL RULES

Rule 3.10. Special pleas and brief statements.

    
    A. All special pleas and brief statements shall be filed within thirty days following the return day of the writ; otherwise, the cause shall be tried upon the general issue. No brief statement or special plea shall be afterwards received except by leave of Court for good cause shown and upon such terms as justice may require.

    B. The Court may in all cases order either party to plead and also to file a statement in sufficient detail to give to the adverse party and to the Court, reasonable knowledge of the nature and grounds of the action or defense. Upon failure to comply with such order, the Court may take such action as justice may require.

    C. Pleas in abatement shall be filed and a copy delivered to counsel for the adverse party within thirty days after the entry of the writ.

    D. No set-off, counterclaim or recoupment shall be filed after thirty days from the entry of the action except by leave of Court and upon payment of costs; and when a set-off, counterclaim or recoupment is filed, a copy shall be given to the plaintiff or his attorney.

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