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Bar News - January 20, 2016

Court News: Supreme Court Appeals Down in 2015

The number of appeals filed at the New Hampshire Supreme Court in 2015 was down significantly from 2014, in what appears to be a trend over the last several years.

As the number of appeals has decreased, the number of appellate mediations has increased, according to Carole Alfano, spokeswoman for the NH Judicial Branch. This trend in New Hampshire mirrors what has been occurring in state courts across the country, Alfano said.

In New Hampshire over the last five years, the number of appeals filed at the NH Supreme Court peaked in 2012, when 941 cases were filed in the state court of last resort. The court does not have discretion over whether to hear these cases and issued decisions in all of them, though not all were published.

Since then, the total number of appeals filed per year has dropped more than 20 percent, to just 750 in 2015.

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