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Bar News - April 18, 2008


Guide to New Hampshire Courts: Carroll County Superior Court

The NH Court Guide is a new feature from Bar News. The complete guide will be a compilation of basic information about each county courthouse, aimed at providing guidance to newcomers or attorneys who donít regularly practice in certain locations. Each installment will be posted on the Barís Web site as it is completed, where it will be updated and expanded as we continue to learn how to provide the most useful information for you.

Carroll County Court Basics
What attorneys are saying
Nearby Facilities
Directions to Carroll County Courthouse

 
 


Carroll County Superior Court

Carroll County Courthouse
96 Water Village Road
Ossipee, NH 03864
603-539-2201
Monday Ė Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Carroll County courthouse, located in Ossipee, shares its design with that of the Coos County courthouse. The building is spacious and parking is plentiful. The new courthouse was well received by attorneys and court staff alike as a modern facility that is easy to find and easy to use.

The courtís location, however, creates some problems for jurors, attorneys and court staff, as the nearest restaurant is miles away. To make life simpler for court visitors, pamphlets listing the closest restaurants are available at the court.

Also, since Carroll County has a small population, the court is only assigned one Superior Court Judge at a time, and according to attorneys, this can occasionally result in delays during busy times of the year.



Carroll County Court Basics

Court Clerk: Patricia Lenz

Presiding Justice: Hon. Edward J. Fitzgerald (until May 2, 2008)

Hon. Steven M. Houran (after May 2, 2008)

Caseload: 948 opened cases in 2007 Ė 595 criminal, 205 equity, 147 civil and 1 juvenile

Superior Court Courtrooms: 2

Attorney-Client Meeting Rooms: 3

Other Courts Using Facility:
     Carroll County Probate Court
     Southern Carroll County Family Division
     Southern Carroll County District Court

Parking: Adequate on-site parking

Food: There is no food on-site. A list of nearby restaurants is available at the court.

 

Court Clerk
Patricia Lenz


Hon. Steven Houran



What attorneys are saying

Itís modern, easy to drive to and has plenty of parking. The bailiffs and court staff are friendly, patient, and attentive and the judges are approachable.

Carroll County could use high-speed internet access and electronic and fax filing.

Things are more informal in Carroll County, as compared with Rockingham, Merrimack and Hillsboro counties.

The court has only one superior court judge at a time, so we have experienced docket efficiency issues at times in the past.

Please send us questions you have about practicing in different locations around the state, and what "insider" tips we should be providing. Address questions and comments to Bar News Associate Editor Craig Sander at csander@nhbar.org.


Nearby Facilities
 

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Directions to Carroll County Courthouse

From the South (Dover, Portsmouth): Take Route 16. Turn left before the Ossipee House of Pizza onto Route 171. Follow Route 171 to the intersection of 28. Go through the intersection and continue on for about one mile to the Carroll County Courthouse, a brick building on the right. The Superior Court is on the third floor.

From the North (Conway, Berlin): Take Route 16 South. Turn right just before the Hannafordís Plaza onto Route 28. Go about 2 miles to blinking light. Turn right onto Route 171. Go about a mile, and the Carroll County Courthouse is a brick building on the right. The Superior Court is on the third floor.  

From Concord, Manchester, Nashua: Take Route 28 North. Follow Route 28 North to Wolfeboro and take a right to remain on Route 28. Follow Route 28 for about 11 miles to a blinking light. Take a left at the blinking light onto Route 171. Go about a mile, and the Carroll County Courthouse is a brick building on the right. The Superior Court is on the third floor.

From the West (Lebanon/Keene): Take Interstate 89 or Route 101 to Interstate 93 to Concord. Follow directions from Concord.

From Littleton: Take Interstate 93 South to Ashland Exit 24. Take Route 25 through Moultonboro. At intersection of Routes 16 & 25 take Route 16 South. At intersection of Routes 16 & 28 take Route 28 South. At the intersection of Routes 28 & 171 turn right onto Route 171. Go about a mile, and the Carroll County Courthouse is a brick building on the right. The Superior Court is on the third floor

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