The NH Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules has reported proposed rule amendments to the Supreme Court with a recommendation that they be adopted. Members of the bench, bar, legislature, executive branch or public may file comments on the proposals with the Supreme Court by Sept. 20. The proposed rule amendments relate to the following:
Payment of Fines. The proposal to amend Circuit Court District Division Rule 2.7 (now NH Rule of Criminal Procedure 29(e)) was jointly submitted to the rules committee by the ACLU of New Hampshire, Circuit Court Administrative Judge Edwin Kelly and Circuit Court Deputy Administrative Judge David King and is being recommended for adoption on a pilot basis, following an 8-7 committee vote last month.
The proposal aims to assure “that no person in New Hampshire is jailed for nonpayment of fines when the reason for nonpayment is an inability to pay.” An alternative proposal to amend Rule 29(e) was submitted by Supreme Court Justice Robert Lynn, chair of the Advisory Committee on Rules. The NH Supreme Court is requesting comment on both proposals.
The Aug. 3 Advisory Committee on Rules Report contains the language of the proposed rules changes and background regarding the proposals. Email comments to email@example.com.