New Hampshire Supreme Court Decisions

Since New Hampshire does not have any intermediate appellate courts, the New Hampshire Supreme Court holds sole appellate jurisdiction. In addition to hearing appeals from trial courts, it may hear appeals of decisions by administrative agencies. The Court also can issue certain types of writs, such as writs of habeas corpus and prohibition. Under Supreme Court Rule 7, which dates from 2004, most appeals of final decisions by the circuit and superior courts are considered mandatory, as long as they are filed in a timely manner. This means that the Supreme Court will not have the discretion to deny review. However, it has greater discretion to deny review of appeals from proceedings in administrative agencies, interlocutory appeals, and petitions for original jurisdiction. The Court may require oral arguments, or it may review an appeal based solely on written briefs.

Five justices serve on the New Hampshire Supreme Court, and their tenure lasts until they retire or until they reach the mandatory retirement age of 70. The Governor of New Hampshire appoints each justice, although a majority of the Executive Council must approve the appointment. If a vacancy arises, the Chief Justice or a senior Associate Justice can fill the vacancy with a former justice. The justice who holds the greatest seniority on the Court will serve as the Chief Justice for up to five years. This position rotates among the justices in five-year terms if each of them has served as the Chief Justice during their tenure.

To improve efficiency, the New Hampshire Supreme Court has created a Three Judges Expedited panel. Justices rotate into this panel on a monthly basis. Hearings before the panel involve a maximum of five minutes of uninterrupted oral argument by counsel for each party, after which the justices will rule on the appeal within two to three weeks. A decision by the panel must be unanimous. Otherwise, the entire court may review the case, or it may be reargued before the panel. Under Supreme Court Rule 12-D(3), these expedited decisions do not create legal precedent.

Browse Opinions From the New Hampshire Supreme Court

Recent Decisions From the New Hampshire Supreme Court
Petition of State of N.H.
Date: April 12, 2024
Docket Number: 2023-0378
Mojalaki Holdings v. City of Franklin  
Date: April 9, 2024
Docket Number: 2022-0122

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Mojalaki Holdings, LLC and GSSG New Hampshire, LLC (the plaintiffs) who appealed a decision by the City of Franklin Planning Board (the Board) that denied their site plan application to install a solar…

Commerce Park Condo. Ass'n v. Little Deer Valley, LLC  
Date: April 4, 2024
Docket Number: 2023-0170

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around a dispute between the Commerce Park Condominium Association (Association) and Little Deer Valley, LLC (declarant), concerning the conversion of convertible land into a new structure, Building C,…

State v. Small  
Date: April 3, 2024
Docket Number: 2022-0563

Justia Opinion Summary: The defendant, Christopher A. Small, was convicted on four charges, including aggravated felonious sexual assault (AFSA) by sexual intercourse with a minor, AFSA by digital penetration of a minor, and two counts of…

State v. Zuzelo  
Date: April 3, 2024
Docket Number: 2022-0643

Justia Opinion Summary: The defendant, David Zuzelo, was convicted by a jury in the Superior Court of New Hampshire on one count of pattern aggravated felonious sexual assault (AFSA) and one count of AFSA alleging a single act of penetration.…

Newfound Serenity, LLC v. Town of Hebron  
Date: April 3, 2024
Docket Number: 2023-0153

Justia Opinion Summary: The plaintiff, Newfound Serenity, LLC, sought to develop a seasonal recreational vehicle park and applied for site plan approval from the Town of Hebron's Planning Board. The Planning Board denied the application, citing…

State v. Pierce  
Date: March 26, 2024
Docket Number: 2022-0728

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court of New Hampshire reviewed the case of Kierran Pierce, who appealed his convictions of aggravated felonious sexual assault (AFSA) and attempted AFSA. Pierce argued that the trial court erred in denying…

Stone v. City of Claremont  
Date: March 20, 2024
Docket Number: 2023-0083

Justia Opinion Summary: In June 2020, the City of Claremont received a request for the disclosure of governmental records related to former police officer Jonathan Stone. Stone appealed a decision from the Superior Court ordering the City to…

Harvey v. Town of Barrington  
Date: February 27, 2024
Docket Number: 2021-0601

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the plaintiff, Candice K. Harvey, challenged the decision of the Superior Court affirming the Town of Barrington Planning Board's approval of a subdivision on a lot adjacent to her property. The lot was…

In re Rourke & Rourke  
Date: February 15, 2024
Docket Number: 2022-0304

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, Alexandra Gamble (Mother) and Sean Rourke (Father) are divorced and have three children. They had a final parenting plan approved by the 10th Circuit Court-Portsmouth Family Division, which considered…

State v. Maxi  
Date: February 13, 2024
Docket Number: 2022-0613

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court of New Hampshire ruled in a case where the defendant, Jean M. Maxi Jr., was convicted and sentenced for two crimes: attempted felonious sexual assault (FSA) and certain uses of computer services…

State v. Collins  
Date: February 2, 2024
Docket Number: 2022-0306

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court of New Hampshire affirmed the conviction of Gregory M. Collins for selling a controlled drug resulting in death. Collins had appealed the conviction, arguing that the Superior Court erred by not…

Hardy v. Chester Arms, LLC  
Date: January 30, 2024
Docket Number: 2022-0348

Justia Opinion Summary: In a case before the Supreme Court of New Hampshire, the plaintiffs, two police officers injured in a shooting, filed a suit against Chester Arms, LLC (the seller of the firearm used in the shooting), and the New…

Tremblay v. Bald  
Date: January 30, 2024
Docket Number: 2023-0022

Justia Opinion Summary: In the Supreme Court of New Hampshire, the case involved Gail C. Tremblay, the plaintiff, and the Estate of Donald D. Bald, the decedent, and Allan Bald, the defendants. Tremblay and Donald Bald were engaged and lived…

In the Matter of Satas & Crabtree-Satas  
Date: January 24, 2024
Docket Number: 2021-0419

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, Alden Satas, the petitioner, sought parenting rights for his ex-wife's biological child from a previous relationship. The couple, Satas and Courtney Crabtree-Satas, the respondent, had married when the…

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