Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed into law a bill meant to streamline felony cases.
Under the so-called Felonies First model, felony cases will be handled in the superior court system, instead of starting in circuit courts.
It also eliminates holding a probable cause hearing as a right. Instead, a judge will now determine if one is warranted.
The Strafford and Cheshire county superior courts will pilot the program starting in January. It will expand to Belknap County Superior Court in July of 2016.