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Advisory Committee on Rules

About the Committee

The Advisory Committee on Rules, established by Supreme Court Rule 51, receives and considers suggestions for changes to the rules governing the state courts. Suggestions for changes to court rules may be submitted by courts, judges, the bar, and members of the public by writing to the committee at the following address:

Advisory Committee on Rules
New Hampshire Supreme Court
One Charles Doe Drive
Concord, NH 03301


The committee is composed of 17 members. The Supreme Court shall appoint one active or retired judge from the Supreme Court who shall serve as Chair of the Committee, one active or retired judge from the Superior Court, two active or retired judges from the Circuit Court, one clerk or court administrator from the Superior Court, one clerk or court administrator from the Circuit Court, two attorneys, and three lay persons.

The committee also includes the President of the New Hampshire Senate, or the President’s designee; and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, or the Speaker’s designee; and one member appointed by the Governor.  The President of the New Hampshire Bar Association shall designate one member of the Bar Association Board of Governors and one member of the Committee on Cooperation with the Courts to serve on the committee.  The General Counsel of the Attorney Discipline Office or designee shall also be a member of the committee.

Committee Meetings

The Advisory Committee on Rules holds meetings in March, June, September and December, and holds at least one public hearing on proposed rules changes. All of the committee's meetings are open to the public. Agendas for each meeting will be posted on this website prior to the meeting. After the minutes of a meeting have been approved (which will ordinarily occur at the subsequent meeting of the committee), they will be posted on this website. Notice of the committee's public hearings will also be posted on this website.

For more information about the Advisory Committee on Rules, please see Supreme Court Rule 51.