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RULES OF THE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

ADMINISTRATIVE RULES 35 TO 59

Rule 45. Continuing Judicial Education.

(1) Continuing judicial training and education is essential to maintain public confidence in the judiciary and the highest level of professional standards.

     Accordingly, at a minimum, the judges, masters, and clerks and registers of our respective courts and the Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts shall be required to attend continuing judicial education programs, subject to the availability of funds, as follows:

         (a) Justices of the Supreme Court shall attend at least one Appellate Judges Seminar or similar program at least once a year.

         (b) Justice(s) of the Superior Court shall attend the general jurisdiction program at the National Judicial College or a similar educational program as determined by the Chief Justice of the Superior Court within two years of their appointment and shall attend at least one in-state, regional, or national educational program approved by the Chief Justice of the Superior Court every year thereafter. All superior court clerks shall attend at least one in-state, regional, or national court-related educational program approved by the Chief Justice of the Superior Court each year.  All marital masters shall attend at least one in-state, regional, or national educational program approved by the Chief  Justice of the Superior Court each year.  The Chief Justice of the Superior Court shall coordinate all educational activities within the Superior Court with the New Hampshire Supreme Court Office of General Counsel.  

         (c) Full-time probate judges shall attend a basic educational program at the National Judicial College or a similar educational program as determined by the Administrative Judge of the Probate Court within two years of their appointment.  All probate judges shall attend at least one in-state, regional, or national educational program approved by the Administrative Judge of the Probate Court each year.  All registers shall attend at least one in-state, regional, or national educational program approved by the Administrative Judge of the Probate Court each year.  The Administrative Judge of the Probate Court shall coordinate all educational activities within the Probate Court with the New Hampshire Supreme Court Office of General Counsel.  

         (d) Full-time justices of the district courts shall attend a basic educational program at the National Judicial College or a similar educational program as determined by the Administrative Judge of the District Court within two years of their appointment, and all district court judges shall attend at least one in-state, regional, or national educational program approved by the Administrative Judge of the District Court each year.  All district court clerks shall attend at least one in-state, regional, or national educational program approved by the Administrative Judge of the District Court each year.  The Administrative Judge of the District Court shall coordinate all educational activities within the District Court with the New Hampshire Supreme Court Office of General Counsel.  

         (e)  The Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts shall attend at least one in-state, regional, or national educational program approved by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court each year.

         (f) Exceptions to this rule for good cause shown may be approved by the Supreme Court.

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