New Hampshire Legal Overview
The highest court in New Hampshire is the Supreme Court of New Hampshire, with one Chief Justice and four associate justices. All justices are appointed by the Governor for lifetime terms or until age 70. The Superior Court is the main trial court with general jurisdiction. There are a total of 11 Superior Court locations in the state, with two in Hillsborough County and one each in the other counties. The District, Probate and Family courts were merged in July 2011 into the Circuit Court. There are 10 Circuit Courts in the state, one for each county.
Top metro New Hampshire areas for Legal Issues:
1. Capital punishment is legal in New Hampshire and administered via lethal injection or hanging. Cases filed in the New Hampshire courts have produced landmark rulings in the U.S. Supreme Court. In Dartmouth College v. Woodward (1819), the court upheld the sanctity of private charters, leading to the creation of business corporations. In Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire (1942), the court imposed limits on First Amendment freedom of speech rights with the "fighting words" doctrine. In Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (2006), the court limited the powers of the state with regards to the parental notification abortion law.
2. A man in New Hampshire is pressing charges for the brain injury he sustained after being thrown from a swerving golf cart at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
3. Exeter Hospital in New Hampshire is facing at least 12 lawsuits after 60 patients have contracted hepatitis C while being treated at the hospital's cardiac catheterization lab.
Trending New Hampshire Legal Topics: A voluntary Bar Association of the State of New Hampshire was first established in 1873. The unified New Hampshire Bar Association (NHBA) was created by order of the Supreme Court in 1968 for a three year trial period and made permanent in 1972. The 3,420 odd lawyers licensed to practice law in New Hampshire must compulsorily be members of the NHBA, whose membership has gone up to more than 7,120 members. Bar admissions are handled directly by the New Hampshire Supreme Court. The NHBA, the Supreme Court and all the administrative offices of the judiciary are based on Concord, NH.