N.H. Stops Jury Trials, May Curb Court Access

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New Hampshire’s superior courts will hold no jury trials for four months this year because of budget cuts, Associated Press reports. Specific months vary by court, but most aren't holding trials at least in August, September, and December.

A budget vetoed last month by Gov. Craig Benson appropriated $63.5 million to the courts this year, but courts were ordered to cut $6 million. Lawmakers adopted a stopgap measure until Oct. 1 authorizing agencies to spend 25 percent of their allocations in the vetoed budget.

Cost-cutting measures will affect travel, maintenance contracts, new equipment purchases, technological enhancements and law library updates. “In light of staffing reductions in the supreme, superior and probate courts, it may be necessary to curtail public access for some time at some court sites,” a state official said.

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