Renovations are well underway to accommodate the Manchester Family Division within the Manchester District Court building. If construction stays on schedule, the Manchester Family Division will open on Thursday, November 12, 2009. Sherry Bisson will be the new clerk of Manchester Family Division and Kathy McDonald will be deputy clerk.
The Manchester Family Division will be located on the entrance level of the Manchester District Court building at 35 Amherst Street. The lobby and the security screening area will remain essentially as they are now. After passing through security, those wishing to access the Family Division will proceed to the right. There, in a section of the building that previously held hundreds of boxes of closed court files, the Family Division will be situated and will include a lobby, a public counter, two courtrooms, several mediation and conference rooms, and the clerk's office and staff work area. The Family Division will also use the juvenile courtroom upstairs as well as an additional upstairs courtroom as needed.
Generally speaking, all open cases within the Family Division subject matter jurisdiction will be transferred to this court concurrent with the court's opening. These include all open marital cases from Hillsborough North Superior Court, all open juvenile and domestic violence cases from Manchester District Court, and all open minor guardianships, termination of parental rights, and adoptions related to family division cases from the Hillsborough Probate Court.