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. 

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.

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.

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