Bar News - May 18, 2012
Whatever happened to… Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure?
NH Supreme Court Associate Justice Robert Lynn, at last month’s NHBA Committee on Cooperation with the Courts meeting said that the Supreme Court has approved streamlined Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure developed by Bar Association committees several years ago.
However, the Court did not establish an implementation date or issue an order announcing their adoption, Lynn said, because of the advent of the e-Court project and the restructuring of the probate, district and family courts into the Circuit Court.
Procedural rules, intended to simplify rules and provide numbering that corresponds to federal procedural rules, were projects that were undertaken by the Committee on Cooperation with the Courts and submitted to the Court in 2008, said David Slawsky, former chair of the Committee on Cooperation with the Courts.
Lynn said the court deeply appreciates the hard work of all those attorneys who have participated in the rules projects, and understands the concern of attorneys with the delay in implementing the rules, but added that given the massive work involved in the e-Court project and the legislature’s expectation that e-Courts be the judicial branch’s top priority, the delay is unavoidable. Nadeau said the Judicial Branch will be taking the new rules into account as it plans the e-Court implementation.