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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE JUDICIAL BRANCH RESPONSE TO COVID-19

NHJB Courts Are Open

Electronic Filing

Latest Orders

Frequently Asked Questions about the New Hampshire Judicial Branch Return to Normal Operations

Criminal and Civil Jury Trials Resumed

How to Obtain Court Documents

Courthouse Lobby Kiosks to be Available on June 14

Revised Media Protocol for Court Coverage

Guidance for Employees and Visitors

 

NHJB Courts Are Open
  • All NHJB courts are open during regular business hours.
    Anyone seeking admission to a courthouse should self-screen for COVID-19 and unvaccinated people should continue to wear face coverings although they are not required. Registered members of the media should reference the current media protocol and may continue to enter courthouses to observe court proceedings that are not otherwise confidential.
Electronic Filing
  • E-filing is possible with any device that has internet access. You are encouraged to e-file from a location other than the courthouse as all Superior and Circuit court kiosks are currently closed. If you do not have access to a device elsewhere, please file in paper. More detailed instructions are located on the NH Electronic Services webpage. Please call the Trial Court Information Center at 1-855-212-1234 with any questions.
Latest Orders
Frequently Asked Questions about the New Hampshire Judicial Branch Return to Normal Operations
  • While in-person operations have returned to normal, some transitional conditions still remain in Superior and Circuit Courts. Refer here for more information.
Criminal and Civil Jury Trials Resumed
  • All criminal and civil jury trials scheduled in New Hampshire Superior Courts are actively progressing and jury protocols have been updated.
How to Obtain Court Documents
  • Courthouse lobby kiosks are now available; however, you are encouraged to e-file from any other location using any device that can access the internet.  If you do not have access to any device, you may file in paper. If you are requesting emergency relief, you may file at the court, otherwise, mail your filing to the court. 
    • Supreme Court: Call or email the New Hampshire Law Library at 603-271-3777 or lawlibrary@courts.state.nh.us to request copies of specific Supreme Court opinions and court documents, or for assistance with case research. Note: Registered e-filers may access their case documents through the Supreme Court e-filing system here: https://ctefile.nhecourt.us/login and the public kiosks at the Supreme Court are available.
    • Superior and Circuit Courts: Call the Information Center at 1-855-212-1234. Note: Case parties may access their case documents for selected e-filed case types here: https://odypa.nhecourt.us/portal
Revised Media Protocol for Court Coverage
  • UPDATED 06/07/21
  • The court will continue to provide telephonic and WebEx access to some court proceedings. However, the Branch is mindful of the importance of media access to public court proceedings and in our continuing effort to serve the public, we have updated the jury protocol to permit all media, including reporters, photographers and videographers, to attend in person until a limit of 35 persons per courtroom is reached. 
  • After taking into account the number of parties, counsel, staff and other necessary persons, the presiding judge will determine if the courtroom has sufficient space to allow media attendance while satisfying social distancing guidelines. The court will provide WebEx access when these limits have been reached; see the revised Jury Trials Protocol.
  • Media requests for WebEx or in-person attendance at court proceedings, including photographers and videographers, should continue to go through Communications Office

    Media can refer to the Daily Dockets for case information and must contact the Communications Office to request access. More information regarding this process, as well as technical tips are available on the printable document Videoconferencing Etiquette and Technical Tips.
  • Any media outlet that seeks access to a District Court proceeding must contact the Communications Office to make arrangements for telephonic access.
  • Documents:
  • While the kiosks remain closed until June 14, the Communications Office will continue to work with the media for access to proceedings, assist in gathering case documents and information, and to post high profile case documents to our Frequently Requested Cases page on the court’s website.
Guidance for Employees and Visitors
  • Judicial Branch employees and people who visit the courts are asked to honor the guidance from the guidance from the NH Division of Public Health Services.  
    Judicial Branch employees with concerns or questions may also contact Victoria Prestejohn, HR Manager.

 

 

 

 

 

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