Bill Text - HB1257 (2010)

Changing requirements for extensions of time for hearings by pretrial screening panels for medical injury claims.


Revision: March 5, 2010, midnight

HB 1257 – AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE

03Mar2010… 0769h

2010 SESSION

10-2253

09/04

HOUSE BILL 1257

AN ACT changing requirements for extensions of time for hearings by pretrial screening panels for medical injury claims.

SPONSORS: Rep. Nixon, Hills 17; Rep. Rowe, Hills 6; Rep. DiFruscia, Rock 4; Rep. Craig, HillsĀ 9

COMMITTEE: Judiciary

ANALYSIS

This bill changes requirements for extensions of time for hearings by pretrial screening panels for medical injury claims.

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

03Mar2010… 0769h

10-2253

09/04

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Ten

AN ACT changing requirements for extensions of time for hearings by pretrial screening panels for medical injury claims.

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

1 Panel Procedures; Extensions of Time. Amend RSA 519-B:4, VI to read as follows:

VI. All requests for extensions of time under this section shall be made to the panel chairperson. [The chairperson may extend any time period for good cause, except that the chairperson may not extend any time period that would result in the hearing being held more than 11 months following the return date unless good cause is shown.] If the hearing is not held within 11 months of the return date, the hearing shall be considered waived and the panel shall be dismissed, unless the parties agree otherwise or the delay was caused by the plaintiff without just cause.

2 Effective Date. This act shall take effect January 1, 2011.

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