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Bar News - April 16, 2010

Opinion: Concerned about Court Funding – Make Your Voice Heard!

The next few weeks are critical as legislators from both chambers of the NH General Court will be considering amending the budget to account for a significant gap between revenues and expenditures.

The Judicial Branch, which accounts for less than one percent of the total state budget, has seen a disproportionate share of cuts compared to many state departments and agencies. Unpaid furloughs are closing courthouses and slowing the processing and scheduling of cases, hindering access to justice and postponing the resolution of cases that can have an effect on vital needs for citizens.

The New Hampshire Bar Association urges members to contact their state legislators to express their concerns and provide examples of how cuts in court resources are crippling the justice system and access to justice for some of our most vulnerable citizens.

In an effort to assist you in making your views known, below is contact information for members of the NH State Senate. Members of the House are too numerous to list here. Visit the Legislative Branch page for information on the members on the NH House who represent you. (While e-mail addresses are listed, we encourage you to make phone calls or visits to legislators, as your message may be lost in the volume of e-mails lawmakers will be receiving.)

Check or the e-bulletin for regular updates on the state budget crisis and the courts. The "Why We Care" pages provide links to relevant news stories and tips and talking points to help you advocate for adequate court resources.

New Hampshire State Senate
(This contact information is publicly available on the NH General Court website)

District 1
John Gallus
292 Prospect Street
Berlin, NH 03570-2137
(H) 603-752-1066 (O) 603-271-3077

District 2
Deborah Reynolds
5 Chaddarin Lane
Plymouth, NH 03264-4401
(H)  603-536-5553 (O) 603-271-3042

District 3
Jeb Bradley
630 South Main Street
Wolfeboro, NH 03894-4419
(H) 603-387-2365 (O) 603-271-3073

District 4
Kathleen Sgambati
25 Pine Street
Tilton, NH 03276-5535
(H) 603-286-8931 (O) 603-271-2641

District 5
Matthew Houde
P.O. Box 66
Meriden, NH 03770-0095
(H) 603-504-2744 (O) 603-271-2104

District 6
Jacalyn Cilley
2 Oak Hill Road
Barrington, NH 03825-3820
(H) 603-664-5597 (O) 603-271-2642

District 7
Harold Janeway
225 Tyler Road
Webster, NH 03303-7733
(O) 603-271-7585

District 8
Bob Odell
PO Box 23
Lempster, NH 03605-0023
(H) 603-863-9797 (O) 603-271-6733

District 9
Sheila Roberge
83 Olde Lantern Road
Bedford, NH 03110-4816
(H) 603-472-8391

District 10
Molly Kelly
89 Colonial Drive
Keene, NH 03431-5002
(H) 603-357-5118 (O) 603-271-4153

District 11
Peter Bragdon
P.O. Box 488
Milford, NH 03055-4425
(O) 603-271-2675

District 12
Peggy Gilmour
126 Depot Road
Hollis, NH 03049-0900
(H) 603-465-2336 (O) 603-271-3569

District 13
Bette Lasky
15 Masefield Road
Nashua, NH 03062-2517
(H) 603-888-5557 (O) 603-271-2735

District 14
Sharon Carson
19 Tokanel Road
Londonderry, NH 03053-3510
(O) 603-271-2674

District 15
Sylvia Larsen
23 Kensington Road
Concord, NH 03301-4951
(H) 603-225-6130 (O) 603-271-2111

District 16
David Boutin
1465 Hooksett Road #80
Hooksett, NH 03106-1827
(H) 603-485-5153

District 17
John Barnes, Jr.
P.O. Box 362
Raymond, NH 03077-3062
(H) 603-895-9352 (O) 603-271-6931

District 18 - Betsi DeVries
107 North Main Street, Rm 106
Concord, NH 03301-2528
(O) 603-271-6933

District 19
Robert Letourneau
30 South Avenue
Derry, NH 03038-2544
(O) 603-271-2118

District 20
Lou D’Allesandro
332 St. James Avenue
Manchester, NH 03102-4950
(H) 603-669-3494 (O) 603-271-2600

District 21
Amanda Merrill
8 Meadow Road
Durham, NH 03824-3006
(H) 603-868-2491 (O) 603-271-7803

District 22
Michael Downing
7 Darryl Lane
Salem, NH 03079-2007
(O) 603-271-8630

District 23
Margaret Hassan
107 North Main Street, Rm 302
Concord, NH 03301-2528
(H) 603-772-4187 (O) 603-271-2111

District 24
Martha Fuller Clark
107 North Main Street, Rm 302
Concord, NH 03301-2528
(O) 603-271-4152

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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