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Bar News - October 6, 2006

NHMCLE Update What Happens if You Missed the CLE Compliance Deadline?

Lawyers who missed the Oct. 1 filing deadline for their annual Certificates of Compliance are encouraged to complete the required training before the expiration of the 60-day grace period, during which a $50 late fee is charged. Following the 60-day period, lawyers who still have not completed the required amount of CLE will be charged $100 per month for up to four months; after which, a request for license suspension will be filed with the court.

        Lawyers who received a pink form have to show completion of additional CLE credits before returning their signed certificates. Those credits may have already been posted to their online records. If so, the printed copy of the online CLE record should be attached to the back of the signed certificate and mailed back. Lawyers should not wait for programs to post to their online records before they file their certificates.

        Lawyers who have yet to complete the additional credits showing on the certificate’s summary box as a “shortage” should contact any of the Annual Sponsors whose CLE programs are presumptively approved for program availability. Once  lawyers have completed the additional credits, they should attach a copy of the program attendance record to the back of their signed certificate.

        In addition to its live programming, the NHBA CLE has a library of online programs that will meet the live program requirement. These programs are listed in the NHBA CLE section of

        The Web site also has information about the CLE requirement in the NHMCLE section, available from the homepage. The Attorney Credit Application Form to seek credit for programs that have not been approved in NH is also available online.

        Any lawyers with extenuating circumstances preventing them from complying with SC Rule 53 are encouraged to contact Lee Jones,, as soon as possible to avoid penalties.


Note: The NHBA provides staff support for the administration of Supreme Court Rule 53. Program administration is overseen by the Court’s NHMCLE Board.


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