- Associated Press - Sunday, July 6, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire Judicial Branch will begin pilot programs to push small claims courts toward going paperless.

Officials say small claims courts in Concord and Plymouth will switch to electronic filing and processing July 30.

The goal is to have all 32 small claims courts statewide go paperless by the end of the year.

Judicial officials say more than 13,000 new small claims actions were filed in 2013 and nearly 9,000 were reopened.

Small claims are filed in cases involving damages or debts of $7,500 or less. That sum will increase to $10,000 next year.

The project has been in the works for 2-1/2 years and is part of the larger New Hampshire e-Court project.

Edwin Kelly, administrative judge of the circuit court system, says the project will save money, reduce paper and speed up processing time.

“We will create a much better product for the public,” Kelly said. “We are committed to make small claims more accessible and transparent.”

“By going online, we can meet the public’s needs where they are, whether that means sitting at home late at night filing a claim electronically or going to their local courthouse or library during regular business hours to access a computer terminal.”

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