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


SECTION 4 -- ABUSE AND NEGLECT
    

4.1  Scope:  The family division has jurisdiction in RSA 169-C Child Protection Act cases. 

4.2  Attendance of Non-Parties:  Any party wishing to bring other persons to hearings held in RSA 169-C cases shall first obtain permission of the Court, either by written motion in advance of the hearing, or upon oral motion at the beginning of the hearing.  Such other persons will not be allowed into the hearing until the Court approves the request. Such persons shall not be entitled to participate but may do so with the permission of the Court.  See RSA 169-C:14.

4.3  Open Hearings Pilot Project:  Other than in those counties in which the legislature has adopted a presumption of open hearings, hearings under RSA 169-C are closed to the public.  In those counties in which hearings under this chapter are presumed open, parties to the action must inform the court in writing before any hearing, or orally and on the record at the beginning of any hearing, if they believe the hearing should be closed to the public, in full or in part.  See Chapter Law 134 (2006) pertaining to open hearings in Grafton, Rockingham and Sullivan Counties.

4.4  Notice and Right to be Heard-- Foster Parents, Pre-Adoptive Parents, and Relative Caregivers:  When a child is placed out of home, foster parents, pre-adoptive parents and/or relatives providing care for a child are entitled to notice of all review hearings, permanency hearings and post-permanency hearings and shall be allowed to be heard at these hearings, but shall not be given party status unless otherwise granted by the Court. 

4.5  Consultation With Child Regarding Proposed Permanency Plan and/or Transition Plan:  The child’s Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), guardian ad litem  (GAL), and/or attorney, shall consult in an age-appropriate manner with the child about the child’s views of the proposed permanency plan and/or transition plan.  The CASA, GAL or attorney shall report about the consultation to the court in writing and/or orally at a permanency hearing.  Such consultation shall not preclude the child, at the child’s own request or the request of the Court, from attending and/or being heard at a permanency hearing.

 

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