TITLE LIX
PROCEEDINGS IN CRIMINAL CASES

CHAPTER 592-B
CRIMINAL PROCEDURE IN SUPERIOR COURT

Section 592-B:2

    592-B:2 Implementation Plan. –
I. Beginning January 1, 2016, the felonies first project shall become effective in the Cheshire county and Strafford county superior courts. Beginning July 1, 2016, the felonies first project shall become effective in Belknap county superior court.
II. This chapter shall take effect in the remaining superior courts as of the date set forth in an order issued by the supreme court. The remaining superior courts shall be added to the project in approximately the following order:
(a) Merrimack county superior court.
(b) Carroll county superior court.
(c) Hillsborough county superior court-northern district and Hillsborough county superior court-southern district. The municipalities included in each district shall be as listed in RSA 496:1.
(d) Grafton county superior court and Coos county superior court.
(e) Rockingham county superior court and Sullivan county superior court.
III. All felony and any directly related misdemeanor or violation level offenses alleged to have occurred on or after the effective date of this chapter in the county in which the offense allegedly occurred shall be filed in the superior court. All felony and any directly related misdemeanor or violation level offenses alleged to have occurred prior to the effective date of this chapter in the applicable county shall be filed under the law as it existed at the time of the alleged offense.
IV. The supreme court shall adopt rules and issue orders to effectuate the purposes of the felonies first project.
V. During the implementation of the felonies first project, this chapter shall supersede any statutory references to the filing of felony charges in circuit court district division or other statutes that are inconsistent with this chapter.
VI. Prior to the implementation of this chapter in counties other than Cheshire county, Strafford county, and Belknap county, the judicial council shall issue a report on the implementation of this chapter to the senate president, the speaker of the house of representatives, and the chairpersons of the senate and house judiciary committees. The judicial council shall survey the municipalities and counties affected by the felonies first project in order to obtain cost and effectiveness opinions. The judicial council shall evaluate the number of probable cause hearings requested, waived, denied, and held, and the final disposition of each probable cause hearing held. The judicial council shall also evaluate the number of discovery depositions requested, denied, and approved. Beginning July 1, 2017 and ending in January 2020, the judicial council shall issue an annual report on its recommendations and the implementation of this chapter to the senate president, the speaker of the house of representatives, and the chairpersons of the senate and house judiciary committees.

Source. 2015, 249:2, eff. Jan. 1, 2016, July 1, 2017 and Oct. 1, 2017.