NOTICE OF BUILDING CLOSURE / PHASED RE-OPENING
EFFECTIVE Monday May 24, 2021
Effective Monday May 24, 2021 the Strafford County Courthouse will be phasing in reopening to the public. The building remains closed to the public, with the following exceptions:
- Individuals who need to do business with Circuit and Superior Court clerk’s offices;
- Individuals involved in court hearings permitted by the New Hampshire Supreme Court Order updated May 14, 2021;
- Individuals with pre-approved business with County or State personnel; and
- Individuals who need to conduct business with the Registry of Deeds.
For those entering the Courthouse, you are asked to conduct a self-assessment of COVID-19 risk factors to ensure the health and safety of yourself and personnel. Questions are posted at the entrance to the building. If you can answer yes to the questions, please do not enter the building.
Face Coverings are required throughout the building. If you do not have your own, please obtain one from the court security team at the entrance. Social distancing continues to be encouraged.
All essential State and County personnel will be allowed into the building to conduct business. Please be supportive and patient as we work together to fight this pandemic and keep our personnel safe. We thank you in advance for your support and cooperation.
Based on the potential devastating effects of the Coronavirus (Covid-19), we are taking all steps suggested by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to deter the disease’s progress. Strafford County’s Team has been working diligently and the closure of the Courthouse was determined the best course of action to continue to protect staff from the likely spread of the Corona virus (Covid-19).
Raymond F. Bower
Raymond F. Bower
Strafford County Rochester District
Mental Health Court
259 County Farm Rd
Dover, NH 03820
Mental Health Court is a 3-phase intervention program designed for adults who have one or more misdemeanor-level offenses and who are eligible for appropriate services with Community Partners or qualifying Mental Health Agencies. It is a collaborative effort between the Rochester District Court, Strafford County Commissioners, and Community Partners. By working together, these agencies seek to provide court supervision, community monitoring, case management, and mental health treatment geared toward supporting and helping defendants maintain a more healthy lifestyle. Mental Health Court involves frequent court appearances, and random drug testing on a case by case basis, as well as group and individual counseling.
Mental Health Court awards incentives for healthy, appropriate behavior and imposes sanctions for negative behavior. Participants who do not comply with the regulations and conditions of MHC may be subject to sanctions up to and including termination from Mental Health Court.
Mental Health Court has been in session since June of 2007. All of the treatment team members volunteer their time to this rewarding Program. There have been 18 participants in the Mental Health Court. There have been five graduates that have completed and graduated this 12 month Program. Visitors are welcome with prior authorization. Please contact Mental Health Court Director Blair Rowlett.