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Overview of the New Hampshire Court System

The New Hampshire court system consists of three tiers: the Circuit Court, the Superior Court, and the Supreme Court.

The Circuit Court is the bottom tier and contains three divisions. The family division handles family matters including divorce, adoption, child support, and domestic violence petitions. The probate division has jurisdiction over wills, trusts, and estates, real-estate matters, and guardianships. The district division handles misdemeanors, small claims, and lesser civil matters.

Superior Court, the next tier, hears felony cases, civil cases where damage claims exceed $25,000, and misdemeanor appeals from the Circuit Court's district division.

The Supreme Court, the state's top court, hears appeals from trial courts and the state's administrative agencies. It also handles administrative matters for the court system.

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