STRAFFORD COUNTY

COMMISSIONERS

WILLIAM A. GRIMES

Justice & Administration Building,

259 County Farm Road, Suite 204, Dover, New Hampshire 03820

PRESS RELEASE

April 3, 2020

Over the last several days, Governor Chris Sununu and State Epidemiologist, Dr. Benjamin Chan, Department of Health and Human Services, have advised the media/press of clusters of COVID-19 showing up in group living facilities. The Governor and Dr. Chan refused to name the facilities, indicating that it is the individual facility’s obligation to do so.

In Strafford County, we have taken great measures to protect our nursing home residents, detainees/inmates at the House of Corrections, and our employees. These measures include following all Federal and State recommended infection precautions and consist of employee screening prior to entering the work place, the use of masks and other preventative gear (PPE) beyond the basic recommendations, and good hand sanitizing. To date, we have had no cases of COVID-19 for Riverside Rest Home residents or House of Corrections detainees/inmates.

In order to offer full disclosure to the public, and to alleviate the concerns for the unknown from families and staff, we are pledging to immediately release numbers of confirmed cases of COVID-19 of our residents and/or detainees/inmates. The information will not include specific names, but will include general methods of treatment and the status of the resident and/or detainee/inmate.

Please remember to keep all employees who are working hard to keep you and those they serve safe during these challenging times in your thoughts and prayers.

We are in this together and we will get through this together.

                                                       Strafford County Commissioners

                                                          George Maglaras, Chairman

                                                          Robert J. Watson

                                                          Deanna S. Rollo, Clerk

 

IMPORTANT!

NOTICE OF BUILDING CLOSURE

EFFECTIVE TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2020

Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Strafford County Courthouse will be 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 dated March 16, 2020; and

  • Individuals with pre-approved business with County or State personnel.

For those entering the Courthouse, a brief survey will be conducted to ensure the health and safety of yourself and personnel.

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

 

VICTIMS’ BILL OF RIGHTS 

 
 
 
 

CRIME VICTIMS ARE ENTITLED TO THE FOLLOWING RIGHTS UNDER NH RSA 21-M: 8-K

 
 
 
  • To be treated with fairness and respect for their dignity and privacy throughout the criminal justice process.
  • To be informed about the criminal justice process and how it progresses.
  • To be free from intimidation and to be reasonably protected from the accused throughout the criminal justice system.
  • To be notified of all court proceedings.
  • To attend trial and all other court proceedings the accused has the right to attend.
  • To confer with the prosecution and to be consulted about the disposition of the case, including plea bargaining.
  • To have inconveniences associated with participation in the criminal justice system process minimized.
  • To be notified if presence in court is not required.
  • To be informed about available resources, financial assistance, and social services.
  • To restitution, as granted under RSA 651:62-67 or any other applicable state law, or victim’s compensation, under RSA 21-M:8-h, or any other applicable state law for their losses.
  • To be provided a secure, but not necessarily separate, waiting area during court proceedings.
  • To be advised of case progress and final disposition.
  • To the right of confidentiality of the victim’s address, place of employment, and other personal information
  • To the prompt return of property when no longer needed as evidence.
  • To appear and make a written or oral “victim impact” statement at the sentencing of the defendant.
  • To be notified of an appeal, an explanation of the appeal process, the time, place and result of the appeal, and the right to attend the appeal hearing.
  • To be notified and attend sentence review hearings and sentence reduction hearings.
  • To be notified of any change of status such as prison release, permanent interstate transfer, or escape, and the date of the parole board hearing, when requested by the victim through the victim advocate.
  • To address or submit a written statement for consideration by the parole board on the defendant’s release and to be notified of the decision of the board, when requested by the victim through the victim advocate.
  • To be notified, upon request, of HIV Testing results of the defendant AFTER he/she has been convicted of any offense under RSA 632-A (sexual assaults). The State shall provide, upon request, HIV testing and HIV counseling to the victim.
  • To be compensated, when eligible, for financial losses (counseling, medical).