e-Filing Superior Court Criminal Cases Begins in August!
The NH Superior Court began Phase 1 of mandatory electronic filing for attorneys in Rockingham Superior Court in early August 2019. The statewide rollout to all other NH Superior Court courts is planned for fall 2019.
As with all other e-filed case types, pleadings must be submitted electronically – including Entry of Not Guilty Plea and Waiver of Arraignment, Waiver of Extradition, and the Superior Court Bail Order at arraignment. Representatives from the County Attorney and Public Defender offices participated in the design and implementation of the electronic workflow and “real time” e-Filing of arraignment paperwork. Attorneys practicing in the Superior Court on criminal cases are encouraged to check the NH Bar e-Bulletin and the NH Superior Court website (https://www.courts.state.nh.us/superior/index.htm) for information on the training video for criminal e-Filing.
Using laptops and other mobile computing devices in the courtroom is becoming essential as e-filing expands further into the NH court system. The good news is that moving to a paperless process offers the benefits of streamlined workflow and greater efficiency for courts, attorneys, and clients.
For attorneys who need a refresher on using technology inside and outside of the courtroom, the Bar Association is currently offering two videos of breakout sessions from a recent CLE seminar on “Real World Tech Solutions” at a discounted rate.
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You don’t want to miss this head to head battle! PDFs are the stuff of which paperless offices are made. It follows that moving beyond the basics of your PDF software can reap great rewards. In this power-session, we will highlight the awesome legal-specific features of both Adobe Acrobat and Nuance PowerPDF! Some topics include PDFing on a Tablet (iPad, Android or Windows machine), Bates Numbering, Redaction, E-Filing, Combining – Splitting – Manipulating PDFS, and all-important encryption/security!
Stay tuned to the NH e-Court Program Update and the NHBA e-Bulletin for more information on technology expansion in NH courts, including the rollout of laptops for attorneys to borrow in selected NH Superior Court courtrooms and conference rooms.
NH Superior Court E-File Training for Attorneys
The Superior Court is offering training for attorneys and their staff who expect to be involved in the e-Filing process. 90 minute training sessions have been scheduled at the NH Bar Center (2 Pillsbury St. #300, Concord, NH) on the following dates:
- Tuesday, August 13 – 9 AM
- Thursday, August 15 – 9 AM
- Monday, August 19 – 3 PM
- Wednesday, August 21 – 9 AM
- Thursday, August 22 – 3 PM
Please register for one session by sending an email to Tony Pfaff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pre-registration is required to guarantee a seat for the session.
The training will explain the criminal e-Filing process using File & Serve, which is the same program currently being used by both the Superior Court and the Circuit Court for e-filing. Anyone unable to attend a training session in August is encouraged to watch the Superior Court Civil e-File training video on criminal e-Filing which will be posted on the NH Superior Court website in the near future.