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Wed July 30, 2014
N.H. Small Claims Courts Piloting Online Programs
Small claims courts in two New Hampshire communities are going paperless.
The courts in Concord and Plymouth are switching to electronic filing and processing on Wednesday.
The goal is to have all 32 small claims courts statewide go paperless by the end of the year.
Judicial officials say more than 13,000 new small claims actions were filed in 2013 and nearly 9,000 were reopened.
Small claims are filed in cases involving damages or debts of $7,500 or less. That sum will increase to $10,000 next year.
Edwin Kelly, administrative judge of the circuit court system, says the project will save money, reduce paper and speed up processing time.