The History and Organization of New Hampshire Statutory Law


The purpose of this article is twofold: first, to provide background for the practitioner about the history of New Hampshire statutory law and, second, to provide information on the organization and citation of both the New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated (RSAs) and the session laws. The overview of the history of New Hampshire statutory law begins with the early publications of compilations of the laws in the colonial period, and traces the development of the RSAs from the first codification of New Hampshire law in 1842. The relationship between the session laws and the RSAs is discussed, including an explanation of how the session laws are integrated into the RSAs. The "research tips" are intended for the practitioner who needs to research older versions of the New Hampshire statutes or the session laws. The article concludes with a section about the forms of citation to the RSAs or session laws, including various methods of citation to the RSAs, and when particular methods might be appropriate.

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New Hampshire Bar Journal

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