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Bar News - November 18, 2015


Circuit Court Order

Administrative Order 2015–12

Family and Probate Divisions Electronic Filing Pilot Project

Pursuant to Part II, Article 73-a of the New Hampshire Constitution, New Hampshire Supreme Court Rules 51 & 54, and New Hampshire Supreme Court Order dated April 23, 2015, the New Hampshire Circuit Court will begin electronic filing of guardianship of minor and guardianship of incapacitated person cases in the 1st Circuit – Family and Probate Divisions –Berlin, Colebrook and Lancaster, 3rd Circuit – Family and Probate Divisions – Conway and Ossipee, 5th Circuit – Family and Probate Divisions – Claremont and Newport, 8th Circuit – Family and Probate Divisions – Jaffrey and Keene and in the 10th Circuit – Family Divisions –Derry, Portsmouth and Salem on October 22, 2015.

Guardianship actions filed pursuant to RSA 463 or RSA 464-A in the above referenced locations shall be filed electronically as of October 22, 2015. Limited exceptions to mandatory electronic filing may be permitted for good cause. See N.H. Cir. Ct. Electronic Filing Pilot R.1(b).

Temporary rules for electronic filing have been adopted to facilitate proper electronic filing of guardianship actions under RSA Chapters 463 and 464-A, see N.H. Cir. Ct. Electronic Filing Pilot Rules; along with temporary amendments to the Family and Probate Division General Rules. See N.H. Sup. Ct. Order (April 23, 2015). These rules and amendments can be accessed online.

The temporary rules and amendments shall govern the electronic filing of all documents in newly filed guardianship cases commencing on or after October 22, 2015, in the 1st Circuit – Family and Probate Divisions – Berlin, Colebrook and Lancaster, 3rd Circuit – Family and Probate Divisions – Conway and Ossipee, 5th Circuit – Family and Probate Divisions – Claremont and Newport, 8th Circuit – Family and Probate Divisions – Jaffrey and Keene and in the 10th Circuit – Family Divisions – Derry, Portsmouth and Salem locations. The temporary rules and amendments pertaining to electronic filing of guardianship actions shall apply on a pilot basis only.

Dated: October 15, 2015
Edwin W. Kelly
Administrative Judge
New Hampshire Circuit Court

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