SB736 (2020) Detail

Relative to the supreme court reporter and reports.



02/06/2020   0340s







AN ACT relative to the supreme court reporter and reports.


SPONSORS: Sen. Carson, Dist 14; Sen. Hennessey, Dist 5; Rep. M. Smith, Straf. 6


COMMITTEE: Judiciary






This bill makes various changes to the statute governing the supreme court reporter.


This bill is a request of the judicial branch.


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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

02/06/2020   0340s 20-2940





In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty


AN ACT relative to the supreme court reporter and reports.


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


1  The State Reporter and Reports; Appointment.  Amend RSA 505:1 to read as follows:

505:1  Appointment.  The supreme court shall appoint a suitable person to be reporter of its decisions[, and may remove him at pleasure.  Before entering upon his duties, he shall be sworn].  The reporter shall be sworn before assuming the duties of the office.  The reporter may be removed from office pursuant to procedures established by the supreme court.

2  The State Reporter and Reports.  Amend RSA 505:7 through RSA 505:9 to read as follows:

505:7  Publication.  The reporter shall, as soon as practicable after a decision is announced, publish a report of each case in which an opinion is furnished by the court.  [The report shall include the opinion furnished by the court.]

505:8  Style, Etc. of Reports.  The reports [shall be published in volumes entitled "New Hampshire Reports," and shall give the extreme dates of the decisions on the title page.  The size, style, and price of the volumes shall be prescribed by the justices of the court] may be published either:

I.  In volumes entitled "New Hampshire Reports."  The size, style, and price of the volumes shall be prescribed by the justices of the court; or

II.  On the supreme court website.

505:9  Sale of Reports and Disposal of Copyright.  The reporter [shall publish the reports and] may provide for the sale [thereof,] of the reports and may dispose of the copyright as [he] the reporter shall deem expedient.

3  The State Reporter and Reports; Distribution of Court Reports.  Amend RSA 505:11 to read as follows:

505:11  Distribution of Court Reports.  At the direction of the chief justice of the supreme court, the reporter [shall, unless otherwise directed by the chief justice of the supreme court,] may send one copy of the court reports to each of the following officers and bodies: Justices and clerks of the supreme and superior courts, the office of clerk in each county, state reporter, each free public library established under the laws of the state, the department of justice, the clerk of the Supreme Court of the United States, the Library of Congress at Washington, the [judge] judges and clerk of the District Court of the United States for the District of New Hampshire, and the state library of each state of the United States with which the New Hampshire law library or state library maintains an exchange agreement covering court reports.  The residue may be drawn upon by the law library or the state library for their own use or for additional exchange agreements.  The law library or state library may recover all sets and/or partial sets of court reports located within those towns closing their free public libraries or desiring to dispose of court reports furnished under this section.  The law library or state library may establish full sets in public libraries [open daily] agreeing to make them available to all the people in the geographic area.  The reclaimed sets [shall] may be placed in the stock held by the reporter.

4  Repeal.  The following are repealed:

I.  RSA 505:10, relative to the disposal of proceeds by the supreme court reporter.

II.  RSA 505:12, relative to the annual salary of the supreme court reporter.

5  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.




Amended 2/18/20





AN ACT relative to the supreme court reporter and reports.


FISCAL IMPACT:      [    ] State              [    ] County               [    ] Local              [ X ] None



This bill would give the New Hampshire Supreme Court the option in publishing its decisions to do so in volumes entitled "New Hampshire Reports or on the Supreme Court's website.  The Judicial Branch indicates this bill would have no fiscal impact.



Judicial Branch



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SB736 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 30, 2020 Senate Hearing
Feb. 6, 2020 Senate Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

SB736 Revision: 8083 Date: Feb. 18, 2020, 2:22 p.m.
SB736 Revision: 8056 Date: Jan. 16, 2020, 1:05 p.m.


Date Status
Jan. 8, 2020 Introduced 01/08/2020 and Referred to Judiciary; SJ 2
Jan. 30, 2020 Hearing: 01/30/2020, Room 100, SH, 01:20 pm; SC 4
Feb. 6, 2020 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-0340s, 02/06/2020; Vote 5-0; CC; SC 5
Feb. 6, 2020 Committee Amendment # 2020-0340s, AA, VV; 02/06/2020; SJ 3
Feb. 6, 2020 Ought to Pass with Amendment 2020-0340s, MA, VV; OT3rdg; 02/06/2020; SJ 3
Feb. 20, 2020 Introduced 02/20/2020 and referred to Judiciary HJ 5 P. 56
June 30, 2020 Vacated and Laid on Table MA VV 06/30/2020 HJ 10 P. 4
Died on Table