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

         County Administrator



Pretrial Programming

The Mission

Strafford County Pretrial Services will strive to assess, supervise and provide the necessary services for defendants.  We will collaborate with the criminal justice community to assist in pretrial release decisions, promote community safety and ensure the return to court.  This will be completed while honoring the constitutional presumption of innocence.

Pretrial Assessment

When someone is bailed into Strafford County House of Corrections on a criminal charge out of one of the jurisdictions in Strafford County, Community Corrections completes an assessment on the defendant. 

The interview takes place at the HOC and will occur prior to the defendant being arraigned by the court.  The interview is the first part in preparing the defendant for court.  The information gathered adds as a foundation used to assist them when completing a report for the court.

The assessment contains valuable information including:

Criminal history

Pending charges

Education/employment history

Community ties

Outstanding warrants

Address history


Mental Health/Substance Abuse history

When the Pre-trial Intake Officer completes the assessment it is presented to the Judge to aid in making an informed decision when determining if bail supervision is necessary

After arraignment, if the defendant is placed on cash bail and still incarcerated at the House of Corrections, Strafford County Community Corrections re-assessed the defendant checking for updated information prior to the Probable Cause hearing, and Bail hearings.

The assessment is available to:



Defense Attorneys

County Attorney’s Office

Law Enforcement Personnel

Probation Officers

Pretrial Diversion

Community Corrections has partnered with the Strafford County Attorney’s Office to start a Pre-trial Diversion Program.  The criteria for diversion cases are:

Non Violent Offenses

No Criminal Record

Violations on motor vehicle records are ok

One class B misdemeanor can be received

The Diversion Program was created for people who has not been part of the criminal justice system before and when we do not anticipate will be returning to the system.  Although there is no specific list of crimes that are approved, the idea is that this was a one time event and not just the first time the person has been charged with a crime.

Diversion cases are typically 12 months longs but can be modified by the prosecutor.  Common conditions can include:

Jail tour with an essay explaining their experience

Community Service

LADC Evaluation

Anger Management

Drug Testing


Any other provision agreed upon by the Prosecutor and Defense attorneys.

Upon completion of the Diversion program, Community Corrections gathers all required documentation and runs the client’s name for a criminal history check.  If no new records come back, we notify the County Attorney’s Office to Nolle Prosse the case.

If there is a violation during the diversion period, everything stops until the client has finished the new charges.  If a guilty verdict is found, the client is scheduled for immediate sentencing.  If a not guilty verdict is found, the diversion then continues on.

Program Contact Information:

William Britton, Community Supervision Director

Phone:  603-749-0832 ext 5171

Fax:  603-740-2955


Blair Rowlett, Community Supervision Mental Health Director

Phone:  603-749-0832 ext 5182

Fax:  603-740-2955