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The State of New Hampshire announced last week that, beginning August 2, 2010, the Merrimack County Superior Court clerk’s office will be closed to the public daily from 1:00 to 4:00PM. Court staff will use the time to focus on reducing critical backlogs. According to the Judicial Branch, “no telephone or counter service will be available to lawyers, litigants or the public in the clerk’s office during those hours.” An automated phone system will be monitored for emergency situations and a “drop box” will be available in the courthouse for document filings.

The Merrimack closure is the latest in a series of statewide cutbacks and the result of severe budget restrictions that have left 68 full-time, non-judicial positions unfilled. Court administrators will review the new operating schedule every 30 days to determine when the court can resume standard hours.

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