COVID-19 UPDATE: New Hampshire Courts Remain Open on a Restricted Basis

by Mike DeBlasi | March 28, 2020 4:16 pm

The New Hampshire Supreme Court has issued three additional orders (one each for the Circuit, Superior, and Supreme Courts) that restrict public access to courthouses and that renew and amend the March 16, 2020 order suspending in-person court proceedings.

Under the new orders, all New Hampshire Judicial Branch courts are open on a restricted basis, but courthouses and/or clerk’s offices are closed to the general public. Courthouses and/or clerk’s offices are open only to individuals who are filing for emergency relief or who are scheduled for in-person court proceedings.

The orders include several exceptions, including, but not limited to:

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the courts may conduct proceedings, including many of the above exceptions, telephonically to the extent possible.

Among other things, this means that, from now until May 4, 2020 and/or the last day of the Governor’s Declared State of Emergency, members of the public will not have access to view files or make copies at the courthouses.

If you have questions about whether you should go to a courthouse, the orders encourage you to call 855-212-1234.  The orders can be found here:

Further information and the Court’s prior orders in response to COVID-19 can be found on the Judicial Branch website:[4].

  1. March 27, 2020 Renewed and Amended Emergency Order as to Circuit Court:
  2. March 28, 2020 (Revised) Renewed and Amended Emergency Order as to Superior Court:
  3. March 27, 2020 Renewed and Amended Emergency Order as to Supreme Court:

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