Bar News - August 14, 2009
Manchester Family Division
By: Gina Apicelli
Renovations are underway to accommodate the Manchester Family Division within the Manchester District Court building. If construction stays on schedule, the Manchester Family Division will open in November or December of 2009.
The Family Division will be located on the entrance level of the district court building. The lobby and the security screening areas will remain essentially as they are. After passing through security, those wishing to access the Family Division will proceed to the right. There, in a section of the building that previously held hundreds of boxes of closed court files, the Family Division will be situated and will include a lobby, a public counter, two courtrooms, several mediation and conference rooms, the clerk’s office and the staff work area. The Family Division will also use the juvenile courtroom upstairs, as well as an additional upstairs courtroom as needed.
Generally speaking, all open cases within the Family Division subject matter jurisdiction will be transferred to this court concurrent with the court’s opening. These cases include all open marital cases from Hillsborough North Superior Court, all open juvenile and domestic violence cases from Manchester District Court, and all open minor guardianships, termination of parental rights, and adoptions related to family division cases from the Hillsborough Probate Court.
It is expected that judge, marital master, and clerk assignments to the Manchester Family Division will be made and announced in early fall.
An open house will be held soon after the opening of the Division. The date and time for this event will be posted in a future edition of Bar News.