• Dispute with an Attorney,
  • Complaints against Judges,
  • Complaints against a Public Defender,
  • Complaint against Court Staff,
  • Complaint against a Guardian ad litem
  • How to find out if a complaint has been filed against a lawyer?

Dispute with an Attorney or Ethical Violation?

You’ve hired an attorney but something is not working out. Is it a dispute, a disagreement, or an ethical violation? Working through a dispute with an attorney early on could help avoid an escalation to a violation. Complaints are usually the result of a misunderstanding between the attorney and client.

First Steps

  • Discuss the matter with the attorney and request a detailed explanation.
  • Follow-up with a good faith discussion.
  • Usually these steps will produce a satisfactory solution to the disagreement.

 

New Hampshire attorneys are required to abide by the NH Rules of Professional Conduct. Complaints of misconduct or ethical violations are under the jurisdiction of the NH Supreme Court Attorney Discipline Office.

How to file a misconduct complaint against an attorney.

If you feel that you have been a victim of financial or property theft or defalcation by a NH attorney the Public Protection Fund may be able to provide some measure of reimbursement. The Public Protection Fund was established by the NH Supreme Court as a public service to offer some protection during an attorney-client or fiduciary relationship occurring New Hampshire. The fund is administered by the NH Bar Association, and overseen by the NH Supreme Court.

Complaint against a Judge

Grievances against a judge must be addressed to:

    • NH Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Conduct
    • 74 Exeter Rd
    • Newmarket, NH 03857
    • Phone 603-749-3635

Complaint against a Public Defender

If your concern involves an attorney in the Public Defender Program, you contact the Executive Director of Public Defender Program.

Executive Director NH Public Defender
2 ½ Beacon St.
Concord, NH 03301

and/or

Supreme Court Attorney Discipline Office
NH Attorney Discipline System Office
4 Chenell Drive, Suite 102
Concord, NH 03301

Complaint against Court Staff

If you feel that the court staff did not act properly in your case, speak directly to the clerk of the courts.

Find the clerk of your court

Complaint against a Guardian ad litem

Concerns about the actions of a Guardian ad litem (GAL) should be directed to the entity that certified that particular GAL.

Check the GAL website for the names of those who are board-certified.

Check the Court’s website for the names of those who are court-certified.

How to find out if a complaint has been filed against a lawyer?

The Supreme Court Attorney Discipline Office can tell you whether or not there have been any complaints filed against a lawyer.

NH Attorney Discipline System

Supreme Court Attorney Discipline Office
4 Chenell Drive, Suite 102
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: 603-224-5828