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Bar News - December 18, 2009

Goin’ South: Security Screening Pilot Project Reduces Lines

Back in spring of 2007, Nashua attorney Joseph Caulfield was one of the first attorneys to obtain credentials and use the expedited access door as part of the Court Security Pilot Project of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Hillsborough County Sheriff James Hardy says the Court Security Pilot Project at Hillsborough County Superior Court South has been successful at reducing wait times for all court users to enter the courthouse.

Started in the spring of 2007, the pilot project provides a separate entrance, with a door controlled by a security officer, that attorneys with the proper credentials (see below) including a photo ID, can use to bypass the security screening station. Sheriff Hardy’s staff worked with the NH Bar Association to implement the project, which Hardy believes will be especially helpful with larger numbers of litigants, attorneys, and other court patrons using the courthouse every day once Hillsborough North temporarily relocates there. Many Manchester-area attorneys have already taken steps to obtain the credentials so that they too can use the attorney entrance. (See details below.)

Hardy expects that the Security Pilot Project will expand to Manchester when the renovated Hillsborough North courthouse opens in 2011; the architects are making sure that the entrance to that courthouse will allow for a similar arrangement.

Want to Use the Security Pilot Project?

Prerequisite: You must be an attorney in good standing, an active-status member of the New Hampshire Bar Association

Next, do you have a photo on your NHBA ID card?

If you want your photo to appear on your NHBA member ID card, please send a passport-style photo suitable for identification purposes in digital format (jpg format preferred) to or mail a photograph to Website Coordinator, NHBA, 2 Pillsbury Street, Suite 300, Concord, NH 03301. There is a $10 fee for replacement cards.

Submitted photo will also be published in the NHBA Member Directory (publication date: January 2010) and appear in the online NHBA Member Directory (login required).

How soon will my submitted photo be in the system?

Photos received will be posted on the website as soon as possible. New member data and photos are periodically updated, please allow a 3-4 weeks for processing.

Hillsborough County Superior Court Security Pilot Program

How do I request a magnetic access security card for the Hillsborough County Superior Court Security Pilot Program?

You must:
  • be a member in good standing of the NH Bar Association
  • have a valid NHBA member ID card with the same photo that appears on the Bar’s website directory
  • complete a Access Card Holders Agreement form  (to be read, signed and personally presented to the Sheriff’s office at the Hillsborough County Superior Court in Nashua).

How soon can I obtain the credentials once I submit a photo?

Please allow 3-6 weeks after the photo is received by the NH Bar for processing. Once the Association and Sheriff’s Department databases are updated and you have a corresponding Member ID Card with photo, the Sheriff’s office will accept your Access Card Holder’s Agreement and process your request for a magnetic access security card.

Special opportunities to obtain the credentials at the courthouse may be scheduled. Watch the NHBA e-bulletin for details.

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