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Do we have Grand Jury Indictments in New Hampshire?

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Not really.  I'm sure many of you have seen Grand Jury Indictments in Law and Order, but that's not it works in New Hampshire.  Although we do provide for Grand Jury Indictments under Rule 8 of New Hampshire Criminal Procedure, in practice they are not utilized.  Instead, we simply have arraignments at district court for misdemeanors and violations.  If you are charged with a felony, you will have a probable cause hearing before a district court judge.  If the judge finds probable cause, which they almost always do, your case is transferred to superior court.  New Hampshire district courts do not have jurisdiction to hear felony charges. 


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