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The New Hampshire Judicial Council Duties

The duties of the Council are as follows:

In addition to the duties defined in RSA 494 the Judicial Council is charged in several other statutes with duties relating to the delivery of indigent defense representation and related services consistent with RSA 604-A and RSA 604-B. Payments to attorneys and legal service providers in cases where an individual has been found to be indigent are paid by the Judicial Council.

RSA 490:26-f charges the Judicial Council with authority for payment of guardian ad litem bills. These guardian ad litem appointments can be in probate matters such a guardianships of minors and adults, and representation by both attorneys and GALS in Termination of Parental Rights matters pursuant to RSA 170-C. Guardians ad Litem and mediators appointed pursuant to RSA 461-A are also paid by funds appropriated to the Judicial Council when either parent qualifies for the court fund.

Beginning July 1, 2009 payment responsibility for attorneys representing parents in Abuse & Neglect cases and guardians ad litem appointed in delinquency cases also became the fiscal responsibility of the Council. Payments for any matters relating to CHINS cases remain the responsibility of DHHS.

Judicial Council  |  State House Annex - Room 424  |  25 Capitol Street  |  Concord, NH 03301

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