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Bar News - February 18, 2015


Superior Court Orders

Administrative Order 2015-002
Consolidation and Transfer of Criminal Matters

A) The defendant or the State may file a motion for transfer of any criminal case to another Superior Court where related cases are pending for the purposes of consolidation and judicial economy. The motion shall be filed in the court where the case to be transferred is currently pending. The Presiding Judge shall rule on the motion and issue an order indicating which Superior Court will receive the case.

B) Criminal cases may also be transferred when the Presiding Judge issues an order indicating that he/she must be recused from a case due to a conflict. In such cases, the Clerk of Court shall notify the Chief Justice of the Superior Court, who will then issue an order indicating which Superior Court will receive the case.

In both A and B above, the Clerk of the transferring court shall notify the New Hampshire Judicial Branch Support Desk of the case transfer and copy the receiving court on the Support Desk ticket. The IT Department shall then reassign the case in the courtís case management system (Odyssey). The transferring court shall print the most updated Case Summary, make a ghost file, and treat the ghost file as a closed file. Once the case has been reassigned and transferred, the file shall remain with the receiving court, even after the conclusion of the case.

Date: January 29, 2015
Tina L. Nadeau, Chief Justice
New Hampshire Superior Court

Administrative Order 2015-001
Court Monitor Log Notes

In an effort to improve the courtroom process, the Superior Court monitors shall not conduct post-hearing review of log notes for the following types of hearings: 1) dispositional conferences; 2) civil trial management conferences; 3) criminal final pretrials; 4) criminal settlement conferences; and 5) civil structuring conferences. An audio recording of these hearings will, however, still be maintained. If a judge determines that a review of log notes for a particular hearing is required, the judge has the discretion to instruct the court monitor to conduct post-hearing review of log notes for that hearing.

Date: January 29, 2015
Tina L. Nadeau, Chief Justice
New Hampshire Superior Court

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