Sep 24, 2015

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire (ACLU-NH) has released a study that claims judges are sending many defendants to jail because they are too poor to pay fines. 

Oct 21, 2016

In October the state Supreme Court rejected a rule change that would have appointed a lawyer for anyone about to go to jail for failing to pay a fine.

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Mar 14, 2017

On Wednesday, March 15 a House committee will hear public testimony on a bill that would prohibit jail time for nonpayment of a fine unless the court appoints a lawyer for the defendant.

Jun 10, 2016

The New Hampshire Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules is considering changes to rules that govern how judges deal with low-income people unable to pay court fines.

One rule proposed by Supreme Court Justice Robert Lynn would allow a judge to consider the income from a defendant’s spouse.

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