New laws or resolutions affecting the courts enacted or adopted by the New Hampshire legislature in 2011 include the following:
HB 150 Clarifies that for judicial branch employees who transfer without a break in service from the judicial branch to state service in the executive branch or the legislative branch, the rate of accrual of annual and sick leave shall be according to continuous years worked and, upon the employee’s transfer, the rate of accrual shall be the rate of accrual of the receiving branch.
HB 299 Allows the annual contribution for unfunded accrued liability of the judicial retirement plan to be calculated over a 30-year period or the maximum period allowed, whichever is less.
HB 511 Clarifies that retired judges over 70 years of age shall not serve as judges in any judicial capacity except as judicial referees.
HB 609 Consolidates probate courts, district courts, and judicial branch family division into new circuit court.
HR 7 Directs house judiciary committee to investigate whether grounds exist to impeach marital master Phillip Cross and/or any justice of the New Hampshire superior court.
HR 13 “Repudiates” state Supreme Court advisory opinion regarding constitutionality of bill requiring Attorney General join in lawsuit against health care law. Urges Senate to pass bill compelling AG to joint suit.
SB 65 Clarifies court facilities rents are to be negotiated and paid for by the department of administrative services and not the administrative office of the courts.