Date of Award

Spring 2008

Project Type


Program or Major

Political Science

Degree Name

Master of Arts

First Advisor

Susan J Siggelakis


This research is designed to develop a model of case selection in the Supreme Court of the State of New Hampshire. Appeals in the state of New Hampshire are heard either by the full court or an expedited panel called the 3JX panel. Data from the 2005 and 2006 State of New Hampshire Supreme Court full court and 3JX panel are sorted into categories first proposed by Burton M. Atkins and Henry R. Glick in their study entitled "Environmental and Structural Variables as Determinants of Issues in State Courts of Last Resort". The sorted data is then analyzed to determine if any cues might in fact cause a case to be sent to the full court or the 3JX panel.