judicial seal

NEWS RELEASE

Judicial Branch, State of New Hampshire

 
For Immediate Release:
January 5, 2015
   

All 32 courts in state accepting Small Claims filings now on-line
Ground-breaking project rolled out in July, successfully met end of year deadline

CONCORD, NH - The state's Circuit Court system announced today that all 32 district divisions accepting Small Claims filings are all now on-line. The switch to paperless processing began in July with two pilot programs in Plymouth and Concord. The ground-breaking project successfully met its end of the year goal on Dec.12th.

Commenting on the on-line accomplishment, the Administrative Judge of the Circuit Court Edwin W. Kelly, said, "This project has been in the works for more than two years. I am so very proud of our administrative and IT teams that made this incredible switch happen. It was a massive undertaking to put workstations and kiosks in 32 court lobbies across the state, not to mention the technical issues, training and outreach that accompany such a change. From the beginning, the court's goal has been to make small claims more accessible and transparent. The feedback we are receiving has been very positive."

Kelly noted that with 686 cases already filed on-line, the new paperless approach is saving time and effort both filers and the court, adding, "Our goal of saving costs, reducing paper, decreasing processing time and increasing management efficiency throughout our court system is being realized."

In 2013, the Administrative Office of the Courts reports that 13,118 small claims were filed and 8,898 claims were re-opened for a total of 22,016, making small claims the most often filed civil case type filed throughout the circuit court. While the majority of small claims are brought by self-represented individuals, attorneys may file as well. Under current state law, an individual or entity may bring a small claims action for up to $7,500. That amount will increase to $10,000 in July, 2015.

List of all 32 Circuit Court District Divisions
where Small Claims cases are filed exclusively on-line

1st Circuit - District Division - Berlin
1st Circuit - District Division - Colebrook
1st Circuit - District Division - Lancaster
2nd Circuit - District Division - Haverhill
2nd Circuit - District Division - Lebanon
2nd Circuit - District Division - Littleton
2nd Circuit - District Division - Plymouth
3rd Circuit - District Division - Conway
3rd Circuit - District Division - Ossipee
4th Circuit - District Division - Laconia
5th Circuit - District Division - Claremont
5th Circuit - District Division - Newport
6th Circuit - District Division - Concord
6th Circuit - District Division - Franklin
6th Circuit - District Division - Hillsborough
6th Circuit - District Division - Hooksett
7th Circuit - District Division - Dover
7th Circuit - District Division - Rochester
8th Circuit - District Division - Jaffrey
8th Circuit - District Division - Keene
9th Circuit - District Division - Goffstown
9th Circuit - District Division - Manchester
9th Circuit - District Division - Merrimack
9th Circuit - District Division - Milford
9th Circuit - District Division - Nashua
10th Circuit - District Division - Brentwood
10th Circuit - District Division - Candia
10th Circuit - District Division - Derry
10th Circuit - District Division - Plaistow
10th Circuit - District Division - Portsmouth
10th Circuit - District Division - Salem
10th Circuit - District Division - Seabrook

Contact:
Carole Alfano
Public Information Officer
calfano@courts.state.nh.us
603-271-2646 ext 2359

###