Dena Standley | October 31, 2022
Summary: If you are being sued for a debt in New Hampshire, you can access your records online or by visiting the courthouse where the lawsuit was filed. Reduce worry and stress by using SoloSuit to draft and file an Answer to the lawsuit and increase your chances of winning by 7x.
Are you aware that you can view your court case records in New Hampshire? This is excellent news that could change your debt collection strategy. New Hampshire allows citizens to access their court records in person or online, under a 1976 amendment to the New Hampshire Constitution.
Debt collectors know that many consumers don’t know how to access their court records and stay updated with their cases. This position allows them to often get a judgment in their favor because they count on consumers not following up on their case information.
This article will help you understand the New Hampshire court system and how you can access your court records. But first, have you responded to your lawsuit? Here is a video explaining why you need to respond and some tips to help you draft it.
When you know which New Hampshire court has jurisdiction over your case, it will make it easier to check your case status and stay informed. Since debt collection lawsuits are considered civil cases, we will focus on the New Hampshire civil court structure in this section.
A well-structured court system enables states to serve their citizens effectively. New Hampshire has three court levels. Each has exclusive, general, or limited jurisdiction, depending on the case type and region. These courts include:
Your debt collection case will most likely be heard in your county’s district division of the Circuit Court. Within the district division, the Small Claims Court handles cases where the amount in question does not exceed $5,000—claims above $5,000 are subjected to mandatory mediation. New Hampshire allows you to choose a jury hearing for small claims that exceed $1500; these cases are heard in the Superior Court.
The graphic below further illustrates the New Hampshire court structure:
In New Hampshire, you have 30 days to respond to a debt collection lawsuit before you lose automatically. Use SoloSuit to draft and file an Answer document in minutes. Check out this video to learn more:
A case number uniquely helps to identify court records among thousands of cases that are similar to yours. The case number can be derived from the case or court type, the year the creditors filed the case, the judge's or judicial officer's initials, and the sequential number for the cases in your category for that year. An example of a simple case number in New Hampshire is 1:2022CV00379.
To find your case number, visit the courthouse where the case was filed and submit your details for the court clerk to locate the records. These details include:
New Hampshire also allows you to find your case number online using the above information. Visit the case access online portal and register an account or sign in. Once you enter the portal, use the name search option to enter the information you know and press search. Your case number will be among the results.
Accessing your court records can make or break your debt collection lawsuit. Since New Hampshire Small Claims Court allows you to represent yourself, you must prepare well for court, and having your court records can help you succeed. You can access your case documents in New Hampshire from the courthouse or via their online portal.
Accessing your records in person requires you to visit the courthouse with your details. The court clerk will give you a form to fill out. Make sure the information you submit is accurate to enable easier location of the records.
Some courthouses have public terminals for individuals to access their case information. To find your court location, use this link that helps you find the location using the court type method, for example, Concord county district division. Alternatively, this link helps you find the court location by city or town.
Once on the page, look for your county’s district division court or city name, respectively. Click on it, and you'll be redirected to a new page with all the contact information.
Let's look at an example.
Example: Sherry was sued by B&B Credit and Collections Inc. for a debt of $780. Feeling anxious, she went online and found out from SoloSuit’s articles that she needed to file an Answer and follow up on the case to increase her chances of a favorable outcome. Sherry prepared for court by watching videos, such as how to sound like a lawyer in your debt collection lawsuit. Additionally, she needed her entire court records to prepare her defense. Hence, Sherry went online to the New Hampshire judicial site to locate the Berlin district division court location. She visited the courthouse with her details and paid $5 for copies of the records.
Remote access is the fastest way to view your records, especially if you have your case number. You can still access them without your case number, but you’ll spend more time filling in other information such as court type, case status, parties name, date of birth, and case type.
New Hampshire allows you to access these records via the New Hampshire Judicial Branch Case Access Portal. You’ll have to register or sign in if you already have an account. Once on the platform, choose the name search or case search option to view your records.
Apart from our Answer that you can customize to respond to a debt collection lawsuit, we also have other documents you can use to prepare for the case or ask for settlement out of court. These powerful documents include Debt Validation Letter, Motion to Compel Arbitration, and SoloSettle tool. Visit our page today and manage your debt situation using our resources.
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