Judicial Branch Resumption of Full Operations Resources
NHJB Courts Are Open
All NHJB courts are open during regular business hours.
Anyone seeking admission to a courthouse should self-screen for COVID-19 and unvaccinated people should continue to wear face coverings although they are not required. Registered members of the media should reference the current media protocol and may continue to enter courthouses to observe court proceedings that are not otherwise confidential.
E-filing is possible with any device that has internet access. If you do not have access to a device elsewhere, please file in paper. More detailed instructions are located on the NH Electronic Services webpage. Please call the Trial Court Information Center at 1-855-212-1234 with any questions.
Here is the latest emergency order governing proceedings in each Court:
5-14-21 Twentieth Renewed and Amended Emergency Order
If you are due to appear in court in any of the limited circumstances listed in the Supreme Court order suspending in-person hearings, and you are suffering from flu-like symptoms or are quarantined or unavailable due to COVID-19 reasons, please call the Court’s Information Center to explain your situation, (1-855-212-1234). The information you provide will be sent to the court, and the court will decide whether it is necessary to reschedule the hearing or make other accommodations.
Frequently Asked Questions about the New Hampshire Judicial Branch Return to Normal Operations
While in-person operations have returned to normal, some transitional conditions still remain in Superior and Circuit Courts. Refer here for more information.
Criminal and Civil Jury Trials Resumed
In March 2020, for the health and safety of the public and its staff, the Judicial Branch suspended jury proceedings. During this time, the Court has closely monitored the guidance provided by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and we have consulted with the State of New Hampshire Chief Medical Director. Consistent with the continued guidance from health officials and the current COVID-19 data, the Court has resumed jury operations.
How to Obtain Court Documents
Courthouse lobby kiosks
Courthouse lobby kiosks are now available; however, you are encouraged to e-file from any other location using any device that can access the internet. If you do not have access to any device, you may file in paper. If you are requesting emergency relief, you may file at the court, otherwise, mail your filing to the court.
Call or email the New Hampshire Law Library at 603-271-3777 or firstname.lastname@example.org to request copies of specific Supreme Court opinions and court documents, or for assistance with case research. Note: Registered e-filers may access their case documents through the Supreme Court e-filing system here: https://ctefile.nhecourt.us/login and the public kiosks at the Supreme Court are available.
Superior and Circuit Courts
Call the Information Center at 1-855-212-1234. Note: Case parties may access their case documents for selected e-filed case types here: https://odypa.nhecourt.us/portal
Media Protocol for Court Coverage
See Court Access during COVID.
Guidance for Employees and Visitors
People who visit the courts are asked to honor the guidance from the NH Division of Public Health. Judicial Branch employees with questions or concerns should contact Victoria Prestejohn, HR Manager.”