New Hampshire Assessment

Undervalued: An Assessment of Access to and Quality of Counsel in New Hampshire

Released on August 19, 2020, the New Hampshire Assessment is based on interviews, court observations, and research conducted by a team of experts who analyzed New Hampshire’s juvenile defense systems and delinquency courts over the course of a year.

The assessment found that an absence of dedicated juvenile defense practitioners in New Hampshire leads to many youth waiving their rights and facing long-term consequences. Nearly every aspect of the defense system is set up to devalue juvenile delinquency cases, often leading to youth receiving constitutionally deficient counsel.

Some of the key findings of the assessment include:

Among other recommendations, the report encourages New Hampshire to:

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Fees and Costs in New Hampshire’s Juvenile Court System

The assessment provides ample evidence for why leaders in the state recently passed legislation to eliminate many of the burdensome juvenile court costs and fees assessed against New Hampshire’s youth and families. Senate Bill 1162, signed by Governor Sununu, is a strong first step toward undoing the labyrinth of juvenile court costs, but is not retroactive and does not eliminate all costs youth are charged for accessing their constitutional right to counsel.


Appendix A: Judicial Branch Forms

  1. Forms-Delinquency Petition
  2. Forms-Juvenile Diversion Agreement
  3. Delinquency Arraignment Order
  4. Forms-Delinquency Acknowledgment and Waiver of Rights
  5. Notification of Parental Responsibility in a Delinquency Case
  6. Forms-Detention Assessment Screening Instrument
  7. Forms-Delinquency Waiver of Counsel
  8. Delinquency Hearing
  9. Delinquency Dispositional Hearing Order
  10. Notification of Eligibility, Liability & Repayment Order

Appendix B: Financial Forms & Information

  1. Forms-Financial Affidavit & Application for Court-Appointed Counsel
  2. Indigent Defense Financial Eligibility and Liability Table (Eligibility Table)
  3. DHHS Parental Reimbursement Financial Statement (Financial Statement)
  4. DHHS Financial Planner
  5. NH Fee Structure for Juveniles
  6. DHHS Parental Reimbursement Brochure

Appendix C: Other Related Materials

  1. Sample Local Diversion Order (Manchester)
  2. NHJC Contract for Attorney Services
  3. Rules of Probation
  4. Juvenile Closed Case Card