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NH Supreme Court Rule 53
Each annual period (July 1 - June 30), NH attorneys are required to obtain the following:
•12 hours (minimum) of NHMCLE-approved credit, including:
▪6 hours of live programming
▪2 hours of ethics and/or professionalism
Supreme Court Rule 53 -
NH Minimum Continuing Legal Education (NHMCLE)
To assist the Supreme Court with effective and efficient application of Supreme Court Rule 53, administration of the NHMCLE program is based at the Bar Center and overseen by the court-appointed New Hampshire Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board. The NHMCLE program of the New Hampshire Supreme Court should not be confused with the New Hampshire Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education program.

***Updated message from the Supreme Court NHMCLE Board - Oct. 1, 2014***

Dear Bar Members,

We would like to update you on the status of the new NHMCLE reporting tool. If you have an assistant, please share this information with that person.

  • When the new reporting tool goes live you will be notified via your email address on file with the NHBA.
  • If you earned the required CLE (NHBA programs and non-NHBA programs) on or after July 1, 2014, but before midnight October 1, in accordance with Rule 53, you will not receive a fine.
  • If you did not complete the required CLE credits before midnight October 1, invoices for those fines will go out in early November.

Calls and email requests for information or questions will be handled in the order in which they are received. Current response time is about two weeks. Thank you for your patience as we work to ensure that the new NHMCLE reporting tool will be efficient and effective for members once implemented.

Russ Hilliard, Chair
Supreme Court NHMCLE Board

Self-Reporting System Takes Effect 7/1/2014

A new member-centered reporting system is being implemented as part of the NH Bar's administration of NH Supreme Court Rule 53 – NHMCLE.

Key points:
For continuing education programs taken before July 1, 2014, refer to your credit report mailed September 4, 2014.

For continuing education programs taken on July 1 or after:
  • Attorneys will self-determine if a program is eligible for NHMCLE credit and will report eligible activity using an online tool available soon. (Tool in final testing stage.)
  • NOTE: Qualifying CLE programs provided by the NH Bar Association will automatically be entered on the online tool when it becomes operational.
  • Please retain the following information for self-reporting with the tool when it becomes available:
    1. Date of attorney's actual participation
    2. Date of original live program – if different from #1 (cannot be more than 3 years prior to date of attorney's actual participation)
    3. Name of course provider/sponsor/producer
    4. Course name
    5. Setting Type (live classroom; live webcast; interactive video; live telephone seminar; in-office course; non-interactive video; non-interactive audio)
    6. Number of "Ethics/Professionalism" "instruction minutes" in course (e.g. not including breaks)
    7. Number of non "Ethics/Professionalism" "instruction minutes" in course (e.g. not including breaks)
  • Frequently Asked Questions

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