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Bar News - March 18, 2015


Raising and Resolving Concerns in the Circuit Courts

The Circuit Court is committed to preserving the rule of law and protecting the rights and liberties guaranteed by the United States and New Hampshire Constitutions. Accordingly the Circuit Courts will provide accessible, prompt, and efficient forums for the fair and independent administration of justice, with respect for the dignity of all we serve. If our court service fails to meet your expectations with regard to this commitment because of inconsistent court practices, delays in scheduling, delays in receiving court orders or frustrations with service provided by court personnel, please follow these guidelines for raising and resolving any issue.

Level 1 Your first contact should be with the Clerk of Court for the jurisdiction where a problem issue exists. The Circuit Court Deputy Clerks have an important role and can certainly help navigate a quick solution to many minor problems. However, it is important that any serious matter be raised directly with the Clerk of Court so that the Clerk is aware of issues requiring increased management attention. Clerks are best positioned to determine whether the issue requires resolution at a higher level of management or whether the problem can be resolved locally. In the extraordinary circumstance where communication with the Clerk would be impractical or would cause a conflict, proceed directly to Level 2.

CIRCUIT CLERK
1-855-212-1234
1st Circuit
Lancaster/Berlin/Colebrook
Terri Peterson
2nd Circuit
Plymouth/Littleton
Deborah Nichols
2nd Circuit
Lebanon/Haverhill
Pam Kozlowski
3rd Circuit
Ossipee/Conway
Elaine Lowe
4th Circuit
Laconia
Michelle Brown
5th Circuit
Claremont/Newport
Terrena Simino
6th Circuit
Franklin/Concord Probate
LoriAnne Dionne
6th Circuit
Concord
Terry McCafferty
6th Circuit
Hillsborough/Hooksett
Nancy Ringland
7th Circuit
Dover/Rochester
Suzanne Doyle
8th Circuit
Jaffrey/Keene
Larry Kane
9th Circuit
Manchester
Mary Barton
9th Circuit
Merrimack/Milford/Goffstown
Lynn KillKelley
9th Circuit
Nashua
Sherry Bisson
10th Circuit
Brentwood
Cheryll Andrews
10th Circuit
Portsmouth/Seabrook
Diane Caron
10th Circuit
Derry/Candia
Robin Pinelle
10th Circuit
Salem/Plaistow
Katie Tripp
Trial Court Call Center Jane Bradstreet

Level 2 If your contact with the Clerk of Court has not adequately resolved the issue, you may contact the appropriate Administrator to request intervention.

CIRCUIT ADMINISTRATOR
271-6418
1st Circuit Patrick W. Ryan, Esq.
2nd Circuit Gina Belmont, Esq.
Plymouth/Littleton

Patrick W. Ryan, Esq.
Lebanon/Haverhill
3rd Circuit Patrick W. Ryan, Esq.
4th Circuit Paula Hurley, Esq.
5th Circuit Patrick W. Ryan, Esq.
6th Circuit Brigette Siff Holmes, Esq.
7th Circuit Paula Hurley, Esq.
8th Circuit Patrick W. Ryan, Esq.
9th Circuit Brigette Siff Holmes, Esq.
Manchester

Patrick W. Ryan, Esq.
Goffstown/Merrimack
Milford/ Nashua
10th Circuit Brigette Siff Holmes, Esq.
Brentwood
Paula Hurley, Esq.
Derry/Candia
Salem/Plaistow
Portsmouth/Seabrook
Trial Court Call Center* Brigette Siff Holmes, Esq.
Patricia Lenz, Esq.*
(Superior Court)

Level 3 If your concern is not adequately addressed by the Clerk or Administrator, please direct your continuing concern to:

Hon. Edwin W. Kelly,
Administrative Judge
Hon. David D. King,
Deputy Administrative Judge
Gina Belmont, Sr. Administrator
NH Circuit Court Administrative Office
45 Chenell Drive, Suite 2
Concord, NH 03301

Please include a brief explanation of the issue as well as a summary of the discussions with the Clerk and Administrator. We are committed to responding promptly to you regarding any issues you raise with the administrative office.

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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