Bar News - July 19, 2017
Court News: Court Construction Projects Approved in State Capital Budget
By: Kristen Senz
The New Hampshire Legislature has approved the state capital budget (House Bill 25) for the next biennium, which included funding for the construction of two new courthouses, a courthouse conversion project, and several other court building improvements.
The only reduction from the New Hampshire Judicial Branch capital budget request was $250,000 from the construction budget for a new courthouse in Hampton, which will cost $4.5 million, according to court officials. The new courthouse will be built on a site located off Timber Swamp Road, adjacent to Interstate 95, next to the Park and Ride. Deputy Circuit Court Administrative Judge David King said that, due to the project budget reduction, the NH Judicial Branch will look to other budget lines to fund the purchase of furnishings for the new courthouse.
A new $5.7 million Milford Circuit Court will be constructed at the intersection of Meadowbrook Drive and Phelan Road, where the current Department of Safety building is located. The court and DOS will share the new building.
Also approved by the Legislature was an appropriation of $1.85 million to convert the Administrative Office of the Courts in Concord to a new Concord Probate location, to house the NH Circuit Courtís Complex Trust Docket.
Several court buildings, including the AOC, NH Supreme Court, and Circuit Courts in Portsmouth and Rochester, will get new roofs this year. Also approved was some insulation and dome repair work at the Supreme Court building.
Design and engineering for the construction projects was done in advance, so requests for construction bids will go out soon.