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State Financial Crisis Affects Courts

Court Budget Funding Lawsuit Filings

Coverage and Commentary

NOTE: Due to varying policies regarding online access, some newspaper links may no longer access free content.

March 2011
Chief Justice Dalianis Warns of Layoffs, March 2

December 2010

More cuts coming for N.H. courts, Seacoast Online, December 21

November 2010
Editorial: Court Isn't Just An 'Agency', Union Leader, November 22
Editorial: Ruling in Court Budget Lawsuit 'Logical', Nashua Telegraph, November 8
Lawsuit on Court Funding Dismissed, Concord Monitor, November 2

October 2010
Should courts rule on their own funding?, Concord Monitor, October 15
Court Budget Lawsuit is 'Son of Claremont', Letter to Bar News, October 6
Attorney Douglas Replies to "Court Funding Suit Was ‘Son of Claremont’"
Opinion: Don't Let Judges Set Court Budgets, Concord Monitor, October 2

September 2010

Lawsuit Over Court Funding
Petition for Injunctive, Declarative Relief & Writ of Mandamus
Patricia Baxter, Wayne Haggie and Kristy Haggie, Jane Doe, executrix of Estate of John Doe, and Jack Doe
Examples of impact of
current court spending levels

State of New Hampshire and Catherine Provencher, its Treasurer
Filed Sept. 28, 2010, Merrimack County Superior Court
Editorial: Lynch's Funding Priorities Skewed, Union Leader, September 30
Lawsuit Seeks to Boost Court Funding, NH Public Radio, September 29
Residents sue NH to restore $4m in court budget cuts, Nashua Telegraph, September 29
Court Budget in Court, Concord Monitor, September 27
Opinion: Court System Crippled, Concord Monitor, September 25
Court Budget Crisis Delaying Justice, WMUR-TV interview with NHBA President Marilyn MacNamara, September 3

August 2010
Necessary suit over funding state courts, Concord Monitor, August 22
Lawyers: Adequately fund courts, Concord Monitor, August 9
Justice delayed, Concord Monitor, August 8

July 2010
A NH injustice: Culture over courts, Union Leader, July 25
Judicial budget cuts a cause for concern, Nashua Telegraph, July 20
Chief Justice Broderick's letter to NH Citizens

May 2010
Courts treated unfairly by Lynch, Nashua Telegraph, May 10
House Budget Panel Rejects $4 million court cut, Concord Monitor, May 5
Chief Justice Pessimistic About Avoiding Cuts, Nashua Telegraph, May 4

April 2010
Broderick Continues to Warn of Budget Cuts Impact, Union Leader, April 29
Opinion: State Cannot Deny Us Justice by Chuck Douglas,
Concord Monitor, April 27
Editorial: Will Justice be Stopped Dead in its Tracks?, Foster's, April 23
Editorial: Chief Justice Reminds Us of Constitutional Requirements,
Keene Sentinel, April 22
Chief Justice Warns of Budget Cuts' Effects, Seacoast Online, April 22
Broderick: Courts Do Need to Be Treated Differently, Foster's, April 21
The Cost of Cutting the Courts, NH PublicRadio, April 21
Court Processes Slowing Down, Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, April 20
Superior Court Impact
District Court/Family Division Impact
Probate Court Impact
Statutory Timeframes for Action on Cases
Cost Allocation Analysis of Highway-related Cases
Message from Chief Justice Broderick, April 20
 ♦ NH Public TV NH Outlook, Interview with Chief Justice Broderick, NHBA President Jim Tenn and attorney Cathy Green, April 16
 ♦ Broderick Asserts Need to Hold the Line on More Cuts, Nashua Telegraph, April 16
 ♦ Chief Justice Pans Proposed Court Cuts,Union Leader, April 16
 ♦ Judicial Branch Resisting Further Budget Cuts, Bar News, April 16
 ♦ NH Association for Justice Revenue Proposal, April 15
 ♦ Margaret Kerouac letter regarding Family Law impacts, April 15
 ♦ Editorial: Access to Justice is Fundamental Right, Concord Monitor, April 15
 ♦ Chief justice lobbies against cuts, Concord Monitor - April 15
 ♦ Court Budget Documents Presented at Legislative Hearing, 1-Page Summary of
$4 million in cuts' impact
, April 13
 ♦ Gov. Lynch Unveils $85 Million in Cuts Plus Layoffs, Union Leader, April 8
 ♦ CJ Broderick: April 8 Court budget letter to Gov. Lynch, April 8
 ♦ Senate Passes Bill to Spare Local Courts, Nashua Telegraph, April 8

March 2010
 ♦ Fast facts about the judicial branch, From the Judicial branch, March 29
 ♦ We're closing the courts to save money, Concord Monitor, March 29
By John T. Broderick Jr., Robert J. Lynn, Edwin W. Kelly
 ♦ NH House Tables Budget Cuts, Nashua Telegraph, March 24  
 ♦ Rockingham Prosecutor Reams: 'A disaster for justice', Foster's, March 20
 ♦ The Courthouse Doors Must Stay Open, Bar News, March 19
By NH Bar Association President James J. Tenn, Jr.
 ♦ Broderick says NH has 'too many courts', Union Leader, March 15
 ♦ Boston Bar: Budget Cuts Endanger Courts, Boston Globe, March 10
 ♦ CJ Broderick: March 8 Court budget status letter, March 8

February 2010
 ♦ Justice at Risk: Justice Broderick Speech at Syracuse Law, February 22
 ♦ Furloughs Scheduled; Court Budget Tightens, NH Bar News, February 19

January 2010
 ♦ Court Announces Furlough Plan, From the Judicial branch, January 26
 ♦ Lean budget cutting into court days, Concord Monitor, January 27

October 2009 
 ♦ Oct. 14 Judicial Branch Update: $3.1 Million Cut Expected

June 2009
 ♦ Courthouse Doors Are Slowly Closing, By Ellen L. Arnold, 2008-2009 NH Bar Association President
 ♦ NH Legislature's 2010-2011 Budget MaterialsA compilation of budget bills and summaries
 ♦ Trials Delayed by Judge Shortages, Concord Monitor, June 12
 ♦ Letter from Chief Justice to Governor Lynch, June 9 
 ♦ Chief Justice: Court Budget Update, June 8

April 2009
 ♦ Budget Update - Chief Justice's Letter to Court Staff, Apr. 10
 ♦ State retirees, drivers to pay under tax plan, Concord Monitor, Apr. 1

March 2009
 ♦ Broderick's speech to the legislature, Nashua Telegraph, Mar. 26
 ♦ Belknap County Scores Well, But Concerns Exist, Laconia Citizen, Mar. 23  
 ♦ Bar Members Give Mediocre Grades to Courts in Survey, Bar News, Mar. 13

February 2009
 ♦ Chief Justice Urges Staff  to EconomizePortsmouth Herald, Feb. 25
 ♦ Cheshire County Officials Protest Proposed Keene Court Moves, Keene Sentinel, Feb. 21
 ♦ No Jury Month in Rockingham County , Portsmouth Herald, Feb. 18
 ♦ NH Court Closings in the News, NY Times, Feb. 16  
 ♦ Cost-cutting hits courtsNational Law Journal, Feb. 16 

December 2008
 ♦ State Courts Cut Back, NH Public Radio, Dec. 24
 ♦ NH Spotlighted in State Court Budgets Article, LA Times - Dec. 22 
 ♦ Jury Session Cancellations UnusualNY Times - Dec. 9 
 ♦ Impact of jury session cuts in Strafford Co., Foster's - Dec. 9 

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