The New Hampshire Courts Response to COVID-19
The New Hampshire Judicial Branch remains open during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our courts (Supreme, Superior, and Circuit) are processing cases during this time and the courthouses are open for limited in-person hearings. To protect the staff and the public, access to courthouses and clerks’ offices continues to be limited through August 17 per Amended Emergency Orders.
In-person access remains limited: Only those who are seeking emergency relief, who are scheduled to attend a hearing, report for jury duty, take part in a bench trial in Circuit Court or an in-person delinquency/CHINS hearing, who are parties to a landlord/tenant case and must file required documents or make rental payments, or who are members of the press will be permitted access. Registered members of the media should reference the current media protocol.
Face coverings required: From now through August 17, anyone entering or working in a New Hampshire courthouse or Judicial Branch building must wear a face cover over the mouth and nose. People wearing face covers should still strive to maintain appropriate social distancing from others. Face covers will be provided if needed by courthouse security officers.
Use e-filing or drop boxes: Emergency filings or pleadings can also be filed at drop boxes at each court location. E-filing is encouraged as are remote bench trials at Superior or Circuit Courts. To request a bench trial, contact your clerk of court.
Call: For questions related to Superior Court or Circuit Court cases, please call 1-855-212-1234. For questions related to Supreme Court, please contact the clerk’s office at (603) 271-2646.
Updates on current operations: For the latest orders governing proceedings in each court, including answers to Frequently Asked Questions and the resumption of jury trials, see the NHJB COVID-19 Response page.
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