IMPORTANT!

NOTICE OF BUILDING RE-OPENING

EFFECTIVE Monday June 28, 2021

The Strafford County Courthouse building will be open to the public.

For the purposes of preventing the spread of COVID-19, all persons entering the building should:

  • Self-screen for COVID-19 signs and symptoms. If anyone reports symptoms they should not enter the building.
    • Business should be conducted in a remote manner, if/when possible.
  • Anyone reporting household contact to someone with COVID-19 (in the past 14 days) should not enter the building.
    • Business should be conducted in a remote manner, if/when possible.
  • In accordance with the New Hampshire Judicial Branch (NHJB), unvaccinated people should continue to wear a face covering although they are not required to. Applicable to all areas of the Strafford County Courthouse.
    • Face coverings should be encouraged, NOT enforced.
  • Vaccination status is an honor system.
    • DO NOT ask others about vaccination status;
    • Face coverings offered to everyone;
    • It is the choice of the individual to wear a face covering.
      • Operations such as Probation/Parole, Community Corrections, etc. will operate under their own authority regarding inquiry of vaccination status.
    • Electronic/Remote means to conduct business are still encouraged; however, business may be conducted in person.
    • Social Distancing and Hand Hygiene are encouraged but not enforced.

For specific information related to Court Operations such as: media coverage, jury trial protocols, electronic services, etc.

Please refer to the NHJB webpage with important information about the response to COVID-19. New Hampshire Judicial Branch - COVID-19 Update and Resources page (state.nh.us)

                                                                        Raymond F. Bower

                                                                        Raymond F. Bower

         County Administrator

 

Scale of justice DV

Strafford County Domestic Violence Project

Victim Assistance Program

Victim Assistance Coordinators assist victims and witnesses with the legal process by providing information and support and ensuring that victims are afforded all of the rights outlined in New Hampshire’s Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights.   Support begins as soon as a charge is brought by the police department and continues until the disposition of the case.  Victims and witnesses will need to appear in Court to testify should a case go to trial.  Many times, this is a new and unfamiliar experience for them.  In such cases, victim assistance can be most helpful in explaining the process and offering support throughout proceedings in court.

What Victims can Expect from Victim Assistance . . .

  • Timely notification of all court proceedings;
  • Honest communication in response to questions about their specific case or the legal system in general;
  • Consistent support throughout the legal process;
  • Careful consideration of their wishes with regard to disposition of the case;
  • Respect for each victim’s personal situation and regard for their safety.