Legislation: fees/fines cases

02/16/2017, Legislation, Incarceration for Fees/Fines (incomplete)

SB 200 would require appointment of counsel prior to incarcerating a person for failure to pay fines/fees or perform community service.  This bill derived from a petition to the New Hampshire Supreme Court to create rules providing this right to counsel, but after the Court declined to do so (despite the recommendation of its own study committee), the bill folloewd.

Introduced and referred to Judiciary Committee on 1/30/17.  Hearing on 2/7/17.  Committee voted to pass on 2/9/17.  Senate passed on 2/16/17.  Referred to House Judiciary Committe on 3/7/17.  Committee recommended passage on 3/29/17.