Category `New Hampshire Court Rules`

Introduction to New Hampshire Court Rules

New Hampshire court rules govern practice and procedure in New Hampshire courts. Their purpose is to make court proceedings uniform, to help the court conduct its business, and to instruct parties about court proceedings. The rules set out procedures used by the courts on a variety of matters including the format for court documents, time limitations for filing documents, as well as rules governing the day to day operations of the courts.  The court rules also contain some forms.

Court rules are more than just suggestions; they have the force and effect of law.   

Court rules may also be referred to as rules of court, rules of practice, or rules of procedure.

The Supreme Court and each division of the Circuit Court have their own rules.

Online

All state court rules are found at the New Hampshire Judicial Branch website: www.courts.state.nh.us/rules/index.htm. You’ll see a search box on the page, but it's easier to use Google and limit the search to just the court rules site as in [your keyword] and site:[court rules site]. Sample searches are below.

For all court rules:
transcript site:http://www.courts.state.nh.us/rules/

For each individual court’s rules:

Supreme Court (scr):
transcript site:http://www.courts.state.nh.us/rules/scr/

Superior Court (sror):
transcript site:http://www.courts.state.nh.us/rules/sror/

Superior Court administrative rules (admn):
transcript site:http://www.courts.state.nh.us/rules/admn/

Circuit Court. District Division (dmcr):
transcript site:http://www.courts.state.nh.us/rules/dmcr/

Circuit Court. Probate Division (prob2):

transcript site:http://www.courts.state.nh.us/rules/prob2/

Circuit Court. Family Division (family):

transcript site:http://www.courts.state.nh.us/rules/family/

Rules of Evidence (evid):

hearsay site:http://www.courts.state.nh.us/rules/evid/

Rules of Professional Conduct (pcon):

client site:http://www.courts.state.nh.us/rules/pcon/

System-wide Guardian Ad Litem Application, Certification and Practice (misc):

board site:http://www.courts.state.nh.us/rules/misc/

Print

There are two print versions of the New Hampshire court rules. The New Hampshire Court Rules Annotated  is published by LexisNexis and the New Hampshire Rules of Court (here or here) is published by West. The print volumes are updated every year; be sure to choose the most recent version.

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