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Bar News - May 5, 2006

NH Attorneys, Judges Asked to Respond to Jury Survey

In response to a request by the National Center for State Courts, NH Superior Court Chief Justice Robert Lynn is asking judges and members of the Bar who are trial lawyers to respond to a national survey in the last stages of data-collection to obtain basic information on the jury system in New Hampshire.


NCSC is conducting a national survey, the results of which will give each state objective and comparative information to evaluate the jury system. Responses are needed by May 19, 2006, submitted online or by mail. The survey was sent by the Superior Court Center directly to all members of the Superior Court bench, and the NH Bar is making the survey available through the e-Bulletin, some section e-mail discussion groups, and on the Barís Web site at


The survey, which takes about seven minutes to complete, asks attorneys and judges to comment on the jury practices experienced in their last jury trial. The survey can be completed online at:


An electronic copy of the survey, along with more detailed accompanying material, also is available at This PDF copy of the survey can be printed out, filled out in hard copy and mailed to the address that appears on the last page. The survey should take about seven minutes to complete.  It is a simple memory test about some basic events occurring in the respondentís last jury trial. The survey does not retain the name of any judge or attorney or case-specific identifying information.


Questions about the survey itself can be directed to Chris Connelly (1-800-523-0204), who is assisting in the management of this project.  He can also be reached via email at

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