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State of New Hampshire

Methods of Judicial Selection: New Hampshire

Limited Jurisdiction Courts

District Court
Jurisdiction: misdemeanor and traffic violations; juvenile and domestic violence cases; civil and small claims cases; preliminary hearings in felony cases
Selection of Judges: gubernatorial nomination from selection commission recommendation; appointment by the executive council*
Retention of Judges: N/A
Qualifications: state bar member
Probate Court
Jurisdiction: adoption; termination of parental rights; guardianships; trusts; wills; estates; involuntary commitments
Selection of Judges: gubernatorial nomination from selection commission recommendation; appointment by the executive council*
Retention of Judges: N/A
Qualifications: N/S

*The executive council is a constitutionally authorized, five-member body charged with advising the governor. Council members are chosen every two years in partisan elections.