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RULES OF THE SUPERIOR COURT
OF THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE APPLICABLE IN CIVIL ACTIONS

MISCELLANEOUS RULES 201-207

 

Rule 205. Juror Orientation

When a new panel of prospective jurors is first summoned for service, the panel shall be given preliminary instructions regarding the terms and conditions of jury service, the role of the jury in the justice system, and the legal principles applicable to the cases the jurors may hear.  Such instructions may be given by a justice of the superior court, by utilization of a prerecorded audio or video presentation created for this purpose, or by a combination of use of a recording and instruction by a justice.  Juror orientation sessions shall be open to the public.  Except during periods when an audio or video recording is being played, all proceedings involving the judge giving preliminary instructions and taking and responding to juror questions shall be conducted on the record.  The record of juror orientation sessions shall be preserved for a period of ten (10) years.


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