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Rule 7. Pleadings, Motions and Objections, General

(a) Every Complaint shall contain in the caption, or in the body of the Complaint, the names and addresses of all parties to the proceedings.

(b)  No filing which is contained in a letter, will be accepted by the clerk, as such, or acted on by the court.  All pleadings, motions, objections and forms filed shall be in the format of 8 1/2 x 11 inch documents either typewritten or printed double spaced, on one side of the paper, so they are clearly legible.

(c)  All pleadings, motions and objections shall set forth the factual allegations in numbered paragraphs.

(d)   All pleadings, motions, objections and the Appearance and Withdrawal of counsel shall be signed by the attorney of record, authorized non-attorney representative, or by a self-represented party.  Names, street addresses, mailing addresses, New Hampshire Bar Association member identification numbers, and telephone numbers shall be typed or stamped beneath all signatures or papers to be filed or served.  No attorney, non-attorney representative, or self-represented party will be heard until his or her Appearance is so entered.

(e)  The signature of an attorney, non-attorney representative, or self-represented party to a pleading, motion, or objection constitutes a certificate by him or her that he or she has read the filing; that to the best of his or her knowledge, information and belief there is a good ground to support it; and that it is not interposed for delay.  If a filing is not signed, or is signed with an intent to defeat the purpose of this rule, it may be stricken and the action may proceed as though it had not been filed.

(f)  No attorney, non-attorney representative or party to litigation shall directly address himself or herself by pleading, motion, or objection to any judge but shall file such pleading, motion, or objection with the clerk.

(g) All motions must contain the word "motion" in the title. Filers shall not combine multiple motions seeking separate and distinct relief into a single filing. Separate motions must be filed. Objections to pending motions and affirmative motions for relief shall not be combined in one filing.

(h)  The court may in all cases order either party to plead and also to file a statement in sufficient detail to give to the adverse party and to the Court reasonable knowledge of the nature and grounds of the action or defense.

(i)  Documents shall not be withdrawn from the court files except by leave of court and upon the filing of a receipt therefor.


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