Supreme Court Issues New Orders Requiring Face Coverings in New Hampshire Judicial Branch Buildings through May 25
CONCORD, NH – Following the Governor’s most recent Amended Emergency Orders, the New Hampshire Supreme Court exercised its powers of general superintendence to issue new orders to require that all persons who seek to enter New Hampshire Judicial Branch buildings wear a face covering over the nose and mouth. The order applies as well to Judicial Branch staff. The Judicial Branch encourages all to wear their own masks but will provide masks to those who do not have them. These orders will remain in effect until Monday, May 25, 2020, and/or the last day of a Declared State of Emergency.
While many hearings are taking place telephonically or through videoconference, courthouses remain open for scheduled hearings and for filing for emergency relief. Under the new Order, from now through May 25, 2020 and/or the last day of a Declared State of Emergency, citizens must wear a face covering in a courthouse, unless wearing a face covering constitutes a health or safety issue for the person. Citizens can receive assistance regarding court cases or how to file for emergency relief by contacting the Information Center at 855-212-1234. Circuit, Superior and Supreme Courts all have drop boxes for filing pleadings or emergency filings that are available either outside or in the entranceway of all court facilities.
If you have questions about whether you should go to a courthouse, please call 855-212-1234. More information and the Supreme Court orders as well as exceptions can be found at: https://www.courts.state.nh.us/aoc/corona-covid-19.html#orders