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Bar News - May 23, 2008


NH Supreme Court Order

Pursuant to Part II, Article 73-a of the New Hampshire Constitution and Supreme Court Rule 51(A)(7), the Supreme Court of New Hampshire adopts the following amendment to court rules.

Superior Court Rules

1. Amend Superior Court Rule 15(a), regarding New Hampshire Bar identification numbers, on a temporary basis, as set forth in Appendix A.

Probate Court Rules

1. Amend Probate Court Rule 14, regarding telephone numbers and New Hampshire Bar identification numbers, on a temporary basis, as set forth in Appendix B.

2. Amend Probate Court Rule 15, regarding addresses, telephone numbers and New Hampshire Bar identification numbers, on a temporary basis, as set forth in Appendix C.

Family Division Rules

1. Amend Family Division Rule 1.24, regarding electronic mail addresses, on a temporary basis, as set forth in Appendix D.

Effective Date

These amendments shall take effect on June 1, 2008, and shall be referred to the Advisory Committee on Rules for its recommendation as to whether they should be adopted on a permanent basis.

Date: May 13, 2008

ATTEST: Eileen Fox , Clerk of Court Supreme Court of New Hampshire

APPENDIX A

Amend Superior Court Rule 15(a) on a temporary basis as follows (additions in [bold and brackets]; deletions are in strike-thru format):

(a)  All pleadings and the appearance and withdrawal of counsel shall be signed by the attorney of record or his associate or by a pro se party. Names, addresses[, New Hampshire Bar identification numbers] and telephone numbers shall be typed or stamped beneath all signatures or [on] papers to be filed or served. No attorney or pro se party will be heard until his appearance is so entered.

APPENDIX B

Amend the fourth paragraph of Probate Court Rule 14 on a temporary basis as follows (additions in [bold and brackets]):

The Appearance Form shall identify the Attorney, or Pro Se Party’s name, address [and telephone number], the matter in which the Person appears and the name and address of the Party or Parties for whom the Person appears. [In addition, the Appearance Form shall identify the Attorney’s New Hampshire Bar identification number.]

APPENDIX C

Amend the first paragraph of Probate Court Rule 15(A) on a temporary basis as follows (additions in [bold and brackets]):

(A)  All Petitions shall be signed by the Petitioner, except that Petitions requesting equitable relief may be signed by the Petitioner or the Petitioner’s Attorney. All bonds, inventories and accounts shall be signed by the Fiduciary. Motions and other Pleadings may be signed by the Party, the Party’s Attorney or the attorney’s associate. Names[, addresses, New Hampshire Bar identification numbers and telephone numbers] shall be typed, stamped or printed beneath all signatures on papers to be filed or served.

APPENDIX D

Amend Family Division Rule 1.24(A) on a temporary basis as follows (additions in [bold and brackets]; deletions are in strike-thru format):

1.24 Pleading Requirements:

A. All pleadings and the appearance and withdrawal of counsel shall be signed by the attorney of record or an associate or by a pro se party. Names, addresses, New Hampshire Bar identification numbers, [and] telephone numbers , and to the extent available electronic mail addresses, shall be typed or stamped beneath all signatures on papers to be filed or served. No attorney or pro se party will be heard until an appearance is properly filed.

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