Bar News - September 20, 2017
Court News: Concord Courthouse Construction Info for Attorneys
Site work on the new Merrimack County Superior Court at 163 North Main St. in Concord has begun, and the NH Judicial Branch has provided the following information about the project for members of the NH Bar Association and their clients.
State and local officials have spent several months coordinating with the project developer on design and operations plans to allow the court to function during construction, which is expected to last until Sept. 1, 2018, says NH Superior Court Chief Justice Tina Nadeau.
All Merrimack County Superior Court business, including arraignments, hearings and trials, will continue to take place at the present location (163 N. Main Street) during construction. Delivery of mail will be at the same location. Individuals should anticipate noise and other inconveniences that are standard with any construction project; however, sound testing has been conducted and there are protocols in place to ensure that every court proceeding will have a proper record.
A temporary parking plan in place throughout construction will provide a total of 150 parking spots for court employees, litigants, and lawyers conducting court business. The parking plan may be updated as the project progresses. A map of the preliminary parking locations is located on the Judicial Branch website. In addition, there will be signs erected around the courthouse specifying court-designated street parking areas. The key components of the temporary parking plan are as follows:
Present courthouse lot: This lot will be unavailable for parking, with the exception of limited handicap parking and two designated short-term spots for the drop-off of documents and exhibits by couriers and attorneys.
Juror Parking: There will be a designated parking lot, designated as Lot B, located on Court Street for jurors. On non-jury days, this lot will be available to attorneys and citizens.
Attorney/Citizen Parking: Parking for attorneys and citizens will be in three locations. The first lot is on Chapel Street, and will connect to Lot B via a staircase to allow a direct path of travel to the courthouse, and is marked as Lot C on the map. The second lot is off Storrs Street (behind the Tea Garden restaurant) and is marked as Lot D on the map. The third lot is also on Storrs Street near Bank of America. This is a gated lot and an attendant will be present between 7:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to allow those who represent they have court business to park in the lot. No gate attendant is required to exit the lot. It is marked as Lot E on the Map. There will be a total of 115 spots in these three locations that will be specifically designated for court parking. There will also be a free shuttle that will run throughout the day to transport individuals from lots D and E to the courthouse. Attorneys should be aware that parking in these two lots will be limited on jury selection days as potential jurors will use the lots as well. The dates of jury selection are set forth on the New Hampshire Judicial Branch website. In addition to this specific court parking, there is on-street city parking for all individuals near the courthouse.
The NH Judicial Branch, in cooperation with the NH Bar Association, will keep attorneys and clients updated on necessary information throughout the construction process by providing periodic updates in Bar News, scheduling an information session with the Merrimack County bar, and including information about construction on the New Hampshire Judicial Branch website.
Questions related to construction should be directed to Court Clerk Tracy Uhrin.