Is your case in the Hillsborough County Superior Court-South in Nashua, NH? In this Court, grand juries meet on a regular basis, and in secret, to bring indictments (charges) against defendants who are accused of committing felony level offenses anywhere in Hillsborough County, a large area of southern NH, which encompasses the cities of Nashua, Hudson, and Merrimack, among many smaller towns. This Court is one of two Superior Courts that serve Hillsborough County.
After a grand jury indictment, the defendant is notified to appear for arraignment and a jury trial is scheduled. Additionally, defendants convicted of class A misdemeanors in any circuit court within Hillsborough County (specifically the areas that the Superior Court-South serves) can appeal for a jury trial on the misdemeanor charges in the Hillsborough County Superior Court-South. And on September 1, 2017, the controversial "felonies first" law will allow prosecutors to bypass the circuit court altogether and file felony charges, right from the date of arrest or conclusion of police investigation, in the Superior Court. This law already governs the prosecution of felony cases in Cheshire County, Strafford County, Belknap County, Grafton County, Coos County, Carroll County, and as of January 1, 2017, Merrimack County.
Most cases here are prosecuted by the Hillsborough County Attorney's Office, located in Nashua, NH. This is a very professional office staffed by, in our experience, very competent, experienced and seasoned professional prosecutors. Do not face them with an attorney who has little criminal defense experience and/or who has not tried at least 5-10 jury trials. The outcome won't be pretty.
Additionally, homicide cases, and certain other types of serious felonies, are prosecuted here by prosecutors from the Attorney General's Office.
On this page, you can see which Judges are assigned to preside in this Court in any given month. Usually, Hons. Jacalyn A. Colburn, Charles S. Temple, and occasionally Amy L. Ignatius preside over hearings and trials in the Hillsborough County Superior Court-South.
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