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(Rules 1.1 to 1.26)

Rule 1.1. Relief from failure to comply.

Rule 1.1A. Computation and extension of time.

Rule 1.1B.  Application.

Rule 1.2. Violation of rules.

Rule 1.3. Attorneys.

Rule 1.3-A. Pleadings - copies to all parties.

Rule 1.4. Photographing, Recording and Broadcasting.

Rule 1.5. Interpreters.

Rule 1.6. Clerks office and judges chambers.

Rule 1.7. Argument of counsel.

Rule 1.8. Motions.

Rule 1.8-A. Continuances and postponements and motions for recusal.

Rule 1.8-B. Grounds for continuance.

Rule 1.9. Depositions and use of video tape depositions.

Rule 1.10. Written interrogatories.

Rule 1.11. Appeals to the Supreme Court.

Rule 1.12. Court sessions.

Rule 1.13. Disbursements.

Rule 1.14. Dockets.

Rule 1.15. Repealed, effective March 1, 1990.

Rule 1.16. Attendance of clerks.

Rule 1.17. Exhibits.

Rule 1.18. Repealed, effective September 1, 2008.

Rule 1.19. Sound Recordings of Proceedings.

Rule 1.20. Uniform Forms. [Repealed.]

Rule 1.21. Periodic Payments.

Rule 1.22. Formal proof of highway waived unless demanded.

Rule 1.23. Exceptions unnecessary.

Rule 1.24. Protection of children in sex-related cases.

Rule 1.25. Untimely-filed guardian ad litem reports.

Rule 1.26. Access to Confidential Records -- Fees and Notice.

Rule 1.27. Dismissal of Cases Pending Without Action.

(Rules 2.1 to 2.23)


Note: The following rules do not apply to criminal cases pending or filed in Strafford and Cheshire counties on or after January 1, 2016. The Strafford and Cheshire County Rules of Criminal Procedure shall apply to criminal cases pending or filed on or after January 1, 2016 in Strafford and Cheshire counties.


Rule 2.1. The complaint.

Rule 2.2. Bail and notice to defendant.

Rule 2.2-A. Multiple representation of criminal defendants.

Rule 2.3. Presence of the defendant.

Rule 2.4. Pleas.

Rule 2.5. Plea by mail.

Rule 2.5A. Plea by mail-Time for filing complaint.

Rule 2.6. Continuances and postponements.

Rule 2.7. Payment of fines.

Rule 2.8. Motions.

Rule 2.9. Waiver of counsel and acknowledgment of rights.

Rule 2.9-A. Joinder of offenses.

Rule 2.10. Discovery.

Rule 2.10-A. Plain error.

Rule 2.11. Bench warrants.

Rule 2.12. Order of commitment.

Rule 2.13. Appeal to the Superior Court.

Rule 2.14. Appeal to Superior Court after waiver of trial.

Rule 2.15. Withdrawal of appeal.

Rule 2.16. Felony superseded by grand jury indictment.

Rule 2.17. Probation reports.

Rule 2.18. Application to annul record of conviction and sentence.

Rule 2.19. Written waiver of probable cause hearing.

Rule 2.20 Pre-Arraignment Notice Regarding Availability of Counsel at Arraignment

Rule 2.21 Scheduling of Arraignments

Rule 2.22 Filing of Complaints

Rule 2.23 Appointment and Presence of Counsel at Arraignment

(Rules 3.1 to 3.28)

Rule 3.1. Writs.

Rule 3.2. Entry of actions.

Rule 3.3. Court fees.

Rule 3.4. Attachment procedures (RSA 511-A).

Rule 3.5. Court records (dockets).

Rule 3.6. Appearance, general and special.

Rule 3.7. Specifications.

Rule 3.8. Amendments.

Rule 3.9. Third party practice.

Rule 3.10. Special pleas and brief statements.

Rule 3.11. Motions.

Rule 3.12. Sessions of Court-Continuances and postponements.

Rule 3.13. Settlement agreement.

Rule 3.14. Orders of notice.

Rule 3.15. Dismissal of old cases.

Rule 3.16. Admission of relevant facts, genuineness of documents and signatures.

Rule 3.17. Filing and withdrawing papers.

Rule 3.18. Paying money into court.

Rule 3.19. Agreement as to undisputed facts.

Rule 3.20. Procedure during trial.

Rule 3.21. Procedure after trial.

Rule 3.22. Trustees.  [Repealed.]

Rule 3.23. Taxation of costs in civil proceedings.

Rule 3.24. Petition for approval of settlement on behalf of minors.

Rule 3.25. Dismissal for failure to appear.

Rule 3.26. Rendition of decision.

Rule 3.27. Ordering weekly payments on judgments.

Rule 3.28.  District Court Civil Writ Mediation Rules.

(Rules 4.1 to 4.13)

4.1.  [Filing Small Claim Complaint.]

4.2.  [Notice.]

4.3.  [Responding to Small Claim Complaint or Counterclaim.]

4.4.  [Pre-trial hearing.]

4.5.  [Discovery and Rules of Evidence.]

4.6.  [Trial.]

4.7.  [Judgment.]

4.8.  [Motion for Reconsideration.]

4.9.  [Appeal.]

4.10.  [Periodic Payments.]

4.11.  [Contempt (Following Payment Order).]

4.12.  [Mediation and Agreements.]

4.13.  [Securing Judgment.]


Rule 5.1. Landlord and Tenant Writ.

Rule 5.2. Return Day.

Rule 5.3. Entry of Actions.

Rule 5.4. Failure to Answer.

Rule 5.5. Appearance, Setoff and Counterclaims.

Rule 5.6. Discovery and Continuances.

Rule 5.7. Writ of Possession and Judgment.

Rule 5.8. Damages.

Rule 5.9. Notice Form.

Rule 5.10. Post Trial Motions and Appeals.

Rule 5.11. Dismissal of Appeals.

Rule 5.12. Dismissal of Writs After Sixty Days.


Rule 6.1 [Who may issue Local Ordinance Citation and Summons]

Rule 6.2 [Service of Citation and Summons]

Rule 6.3 [Filing of Citation and Summons with court prior to arraignment]

Rule 6.4 [Defendant may plead by mail or may appear in court on date of arraignment]

Rule 6.5 [Court may refuse plea by mail and may impose fine or penalty other than that stated in local ordinance citation]

Rule 6.6 [Service of additional local ordinance citations without giving additional written notice]

Rule 6.7 [Limitations on the application of these rules]


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NOTE: The rules as published herein are subject to revisions promulgated from time to time by the New Hampshire Supreme Court and published in the New Hampshire Bar News. See Supreme Court Rules 1 and 51.

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