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New Hampshire’s PAD Pilot Project Rules to Be Implemented Statewide

Brittany Kauffman Posted in Rule One

The Supreme Court of New Hampshire entered an order last week amending the Superior Court Proportional Discovery/Automatic Disclosure Pilot Project Rules to implement the PAD Pilot Rules in all counties beginning March 1, 2013. The rules implement changes to the pleading and discovery rules, including replacing notice pleading with fact-based pleading, requiring early initial disclosures after which only limited additional discovery is permitted, and assignment to a single judge. The PAD Pilot Project was originally launched in Strafford and Carroll County Superior Courts on October 2, 2010. The pilot project has run for two years, and the National Center for State Courts is currently evaluating the data from the project. Because of positive feedback from its original implementation, the rules were extended to the Superior Courts for Hillsborough Counties beginning October 1, 2012, and will soon be applicable statewide. New Hampshire’s website offers a wealth of information regarding the project, including a PAD primer, timeline , flowchart, and forms.

  • http://twitter.com/BigRMC Matt Cairns

    PAD rules still confuse many lawyers, but in time they will prove valuable for clients, lawyers and the courts.  Hardest part has been juggling practice in different counties.  Now that it is going state wide, we will only have to remember one way to do it!