courts http://nhpr.org en Christian Legal Group Sues To Halt N.H.'s Buffer Zone Law http://nhpr.org/post/christian-legal-group-sues-halt-nhs-buffer-zone-law <p>A Christian legal group has asked a federal judge to block a New Hampshire law that bars demonstrators from coming within 25 feet of facilities that offer or perform abortions.</p><p>New Hampshire’s so-called buffer zone rule is set to take effect Thursday. But in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down a similar law in Massachusetts, Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court to delay implementation of the new restrictions.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:55:32 +0000 Brian Wallstin 51535 at http://nhpr.org Christian Legal Group Sues To Halt N.H.'s Buffer Zone Law Small Claims Courts In Concord, Plymouth To Go Paperless http://nhpr.org/post/small-claims-courts-concord-plymouth-go-paperless <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The New Hampshire Judicial Branch will begin pilot programs to push small claims courts toward going paperless. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Officials say small claims courts in Concord and Plymouth will switch to electronic filing and processing July 30. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The goal is to have all 32 small claims courts statewide go paperless by the end of the year. &nbsp;</span></div><div>Judicial officials say more than 13,000 new small claims actions were filed in 2013 and nearly 9,000 were reopened. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 18:34:24 +0000 Associated Press 51415 at http://nhpr.org Small Claims Courts In Concord, Plymouth To Go Paperless Why Law Schools Are Facing An Enrollment Problem http://nhpr.org/post/why-law-schools-are-facing-enrollment-problem <p>After years of a so-called “lawyer bubble”, with firms expanding rapidly – these days, many new graduates struggle to get a job in the legal profession.&nbsp; In response, law school enrollment numbers are plummeting, leading some to scale back their operations and many to re-think the best way to deliver that juris doctorate.</p><p><strong><u>GUESTS:</u></strong></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 The Exchange 41633 at http://nhpr.org Why Law Schools Are Facing An Enrollment Problem Hillsborough County To Create Drug Court, But Will It Make A Dent? http://nhpr.org/post/hillsborough-county-create-drug-court-will-it-make-dent <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>About 80%&nbsp;of the people behind bars in New Hampshire have substance abuse issues. It’s a growing problem and one way the justice system is trying to address the problem is with drug courts—where nonviolent offenders have their sentences suspended if they take part in treatment. Five counties now operate drug courts and efforts are underway to start two more in Manchester and Nashua. The program could help reduce recidivism rates.</p><p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Ryan Lessard 47273 at http://nhpr.org Hillsborough County To Create Drug Court, But Will It Make A Dent? Drug Courts In A State Of Funding Flux http://nhpr.org/post/drug-courts-state-funding-flux <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s important to note, firstly, that the cost of incarcerating someone in state prison is about $</span>32k<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and in county jails about $</span>35k<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Experts say that ideally, drug courts operate on a budget that has a per capita cost of about $</span>8-12k<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Any less than that and participants may not be getting enough supervision or critical aid in education, transportation, medication etc. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:29:00 +0000 Ryan Lessard 47300 at http://nhpr.org Executive Council OKs Circuit Court Judges, PUC Commissioner http://nhpr.org/post/executive-council-oks-circuit-court-judges-puc-commissioner <p>The Executive Council has confirmed four judges for the circuit court nominated by Governor Maggie Hassan.</p><p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 18:14:32 +0000 Michael Brindley 40531 at http://nhpr.org Executive Council Approves Additional Funds For A.G. Court Costs http://nhpr.org/post/executive-council-approves-additional-funds-ag-court-costs <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">New Hampshire's Executive Council has given the attorney general's office nearly $1 million to offset the costs of waging and defending major cases.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The $900,000 award — approved Wednesday — is nearly triple the $350,000 for litigation costs allocated to the office for fiscal year 2014.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 15:54:59 +0000 Associated Press 39612 at http://nhpr.org Lots Of Conditions To Consider In N.H. Judicial Branch's 'E-Court' http://nhpr.org/post/lots-conditions-consider-nh-judicial-branchs-e-court <p>New Hampshire’s judicial system is going digital with a new system called eCourt. The system is launching pilot programs in parts of New Hampshire in 2014 - but don’t expect a big rollout like what the White House did for HealthCare.gov.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 22:16:59 +0000 Brady Carlson 39503 at http://nhpr.org Robin Hooders Case To Continue http://nhpr.org/post/robin-hooders-case-continue <p>The city of Keene’s lawsuit against a group known as the Robin Hooders will go forward. The group has gained attention for filling empty parking meters in the city, as well as for allegations of harassing parking attendants. This week, they had their first day in court.</p><p></p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 20:49:42 +0000 Ella Nilsen 29355 at http://nhpr.org Report: State Failing To Meet Legal Needs Of The Poor http://nhpr.org/post/report-state-failing-meet-legal-needs-poor <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new </span><a href="http://www.courts.state.nh.us/access/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">report </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">titled 'The Justice Gap' finds that low income New Hampshire residents lack access to even basic legal services.</span></p><p>The report estimates that more than 60% of civil cases in the state involve people representing themselves. And they do so because they don’t have access to lawyers and paralegals.</p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 22:35:20 +0000 Todd Bookman 22414 at http://nhpr.org Report: State Failing To Meet Legal Needs Of The Poor Going Thru…Question Two http://nhpr.org/post/going-thru-question-two <p>This November, on top of choosing the candidates you want, you'll be voting on 2 questions. Today we go over the 2nd one on the ballot which would give the legislature final say over judicial rules and procedures. Today we hear both sides.</p> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 14797 at http://nhpr.org Going Thru…Question Two Jury Still Out on N.H. Court Overhaul http://nhpr.org/post/jury-still-out-nh-court-overhaul <p>Let&rsquo;s say your teenager gets caught shoplifting. Or maybe your Uncle Morty dies and you&rsquo;ve got to settle his estate. Mon, 25 Jun 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Todd Bookman 7439 at http://nhpr.org Jury Still Out on N.H. Court Overhaul Alternative Sentencing Program Faces Verdict http://nhpr.org/post/alternative-sentencing-program-faces-verdict <p>Recovering alcoholics can usually pinpoint their rock-bottom. For Michael Hagar, it was the night of July 28,&nbsp;2009.&nbsp;That evening, he met up with some friends to drink behind the Hannaford&rsquo;s supermarket in Keene.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;And that is where the whole incident took off from,&rdquo; said Hagar.</p><p>Behind the grocery story, Hagar believes he drank about 18 beers. Then someone jumped him, hitting him in the face with a log. His pants and wallet were stolen. Gushing blood and enraged, he staggered into the store&#39;s parking lot.</p> Wed, 22 Feb 2012 19:01:21 +0000 Todd Bookman 2042 at http://nhpr.org Alternative Sentencing Program Faces Verdict