judicial branch

NH Bar Association

Former New Hampshire Public Defender Dorothy Graham has taken a job with the New England office of the Federal Public Defender. Graham, who was nominated by Gov. Maggie Hassan last year to serve as a judge on the state Superior Court, saw her hopes for the bench scuttled after a conservative website accused her of a “history of trying to get child rapists off on technicalities.”

Read Emily Corwin's story about Graham's nomination and rejection.

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 A Senate committee has approved Emily Gray Rice to serve as U.S. Attorney for New Hampshire.

Rice, who was nominated by President Barak Obama, was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. She would need to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte have said they would support Rice.

Courtroom One Gavel
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The New Hampshire Judicial Branch will begin pilot programs to push small claims courts toward going paperless.  Officials say small claims courts in Concord and Plymouth will switch to electronic filing and processing July 30.  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.

The Roberts Court

Jun 18, 2013

In a new book, veteran Washington Correspondent Marcia Coyle explores the inner workings of the Supreme Court under the leadership of Chief Justice John Roberts.  Coyle examines how the Roberts Court has dealt with some of the most incendiary issues of the day – including gay marriage, health care, second amendment rights, and campaign finance reform. 

Guest

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Let’s say your teenager gets caught shoplifting. Or maybe your Uncle Morty dies and you’ve got to settle his estate.