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RULES OF THE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

PROCEDURAL RULES 1 TO 34

Rule 28. Parties' Designation.

(1) (a)  In a case entered by a petition requesting the supreme court to exercise its original jurisdiction, the party filing the petition shall be designated as the petitioner, even though the party may have filed the petition in the supreme court by reason of proceedings pending in a trial court or in an administrative agency in which the party is the defendant.   In all other types of cases entered, the parties shall retain their trial court or administrative agency designations as plaintiffs and defendants.

    (b)  When a statute or a rule of court requires that the name of a party be kept confidential, the forename and first letter of the surname of that party shall be listed only, unless another form of listing the party's name is preferable in the circumstances of the case.

(2) Unless the supreme court expressly orders differently, cases in which the State, a State agency, or a State official is a party, the State's name shall be listed as "The State of New Hampshire"; the name of the State agency shall be preceded by the words "New Hampshire", e.g., "New Hampshire Department of Health and Welfare"; the name of a State division shall be preceded by the words "New Hampshire" but shall not mention the parent agency, e.g., "New Hampshire Division of Human Services"; and the title of a State official, but not his name, shall be listed, e.g., "Secretary of State". If the title of a State official is identical to that of a municipal or county official, the State official's title shall be preceded by the words "New Hampshire".

(3) The supreme court may process and report a case under a new name or names.

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