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Bar News - September 20, 2013

Court's Corner: Attorney Group to Study Felony Case Flow, Develop Plan with Court


A working group that includes a variety of criminal law practitioners has been established to study felony case flow in New Hampshire and provide input to the NH Superior Court as it develops a felony case management plan over the next year.

Defense attorney Richard Samdperil will represent the NH Bar Association Criminal Justice Section on the working group. Other members of the group include: Randy Hawkes, director of the NH Public Defender; Chris Keating, executive director of the NH Judicial Council; defense attorneys Andy Schulman and Chris Johnson; Ann Rice, deputy attorney general; Tom Velardi, Strafford County attorney; Karen Gorham, assistant Hillsborough County attorney; and Nancy Wickwire, deputy clerk at Hillsborough County Superior Court – Northern District.

Issues the group plans to study and discuss include the overall felony case flow management plan, potential changes to Criminal Rule 98 on disclosure deadlines, the possibility of filing felony cases directly in superior court, rather than first in the circuit court and other potential changes to the rules of criminal procedure.

Keating, the director of the NH Judicial Council, said recently that he plans to also establish a subcommittee of the judicial council to study how felony cases are processed in other jurisdictions.

“This would be a big change in New Hampshire practice, and it deserves some real consideration,” he said.

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