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Bar News - December 18, 2009

Goin’ South: Things you should know

Same roof, separate operations

While the Hillsborough North Superior Court judges and staff will be temporarily housed in the same courthouse in Nashua with Hillsborough South, each court will maintain separate operations. Each will retain its own computer system and each court will have its own counter in the clerk’s office on the main floor.

Jury selection

The schedule for selecting jury panels will alternate between Hillsborough South and North. The schedule calls for prospective jurors on Hillsborough North cases to be summoned to the courthouse on the 1st and 3rd weeks of each month. Jurors for Hillsborough South cases will be summoned during the 2nd and 4th weeks. Hillsborough North will not pick juries during the first week of January to allow judges and staff organizational time after the move from Manchester.

Jurors’ parking

To accommodate the large number of potential jurors coming to Hillsborough South during the temporary relocation, the city of Nashua will provide free parking in reserved space at the Elm Street garage (see map). Jurors are no longer provided passes for on-street parking at metered spaces in Nashua. It is anticipated that there may be additional spaces in the Elm Street lot available for other court users. The map also indicates where other parking spaces are available in downtown Nashua. Nashua parking map.

Courthouse lot

Parking in the lot behind the Hillsborough South courthouse is reserved for court staff on a first-come, first-served basis. There may be spaces left in the lot for public parking once all of the staff is accommodated. Nashua parking map.

Cost of Manchester- Nashua taxi

For those without private transportation, expect taxi fare from downtown Manchester to the Nashua courthouse to run between $45 to $50 each way.

Criminal conferencing

Criminal practitioners can expect limited space for meeting with clients detained in the holding cell in the lower level of the Nashua courthouse. There is one conference room in the secure area; construction is planned for a second holding cell in open space in the secure area. Hillsborough County Sheriff James Hardy is encouraging defense attorneys to arrange to speak to their clients at the county jail in advance of hearings, if at all possible.

Where’s my marital case?

Domestic relations cases for Hillsborough County are being handled in several different venues and under two different systems.

All Hillsborough North marital cases – past and present – are now part of the Family Division, and are being heard in either Manchester Family Division, 35 Amherst Street, or in the Goffstown Family Division, 329 Mast Road. (Both locations also house the local district courts.)

Hillsborough South marital cases remain part of the Superior Court docket in Nashua. The Hillsborough South marital division remains headquartered at the Hillsborough South courthouse and Marital Master Alice Love will hear cases in the Hillsborough South courthouse. However, due to a shortage of courtrooms in Nashua, Master David Forrest, who hears Hillsborough South marital cases on alternating months, will use a courtroom in the Milford District Court, 180 Elm Street, until the new Merrimack District Court opens this spring.

For additional information, updates on court operations, and directions to any courthouse, visit the Judicial Branch website at

Supreme Court Rule 42(9) requires all NH admitted attorneys to notify the Bar Association of any address change, home or office.

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