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September 8, 2013

N.H. prepares for electronic court filing

Electronic jury selection starts tomorrow


The fiscal 2015 capital budget allocated $3.2 million for e-Court. That’s in addition to $1.9 million earmarked for fiscal 2013. Court filing fees were increased as of July 1 to help fund the system.

But former judicial branch spokeswoman Laura Kiernan, who recently retired, said in July that an extra $2.1 million would still be needed for full implementation of e-Court. The system is expected to cost $1.3 million a year to maintain.

Kiernan said about half the states in the country do not have electronic court filing.

Hampstead attorney Neil Reardon said the electronic filing of U.S. Bankruptcy Court documents over the last several years has saved him a lot of time and money, especially when buying stamps.

Reardon said he would spend roughly $100 a week on stamps to mail court documents.

“It’s the wave of the future — it has to be done,” he said.

For William Parnell, a Londonderry attorney with an office in North Woodstock, e-Court will reduce the trips he makes between Southern New Hampshire and the courthouse in Littleton, where he often files paperwork.

Having to make fewer trips will save money for both Parnell and his clients.

“There would be a trickle-down effect,” he said. “It pole vaults everyone into the 21st century.”

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