New Hampshire Caseloads Mirror National Decline

As recently reported in the New Hampshire Bar News, there has been a big drop in state court cases:

The total number of court cases filed in New Hampshire and across the country has decreased by an average of about 15 percent since 2009, according to data provided by the NH Judicial Branch and the National Center on State Courts.
This substantial drop in overall case filings, despite US population growth of roughly 5 percent during the same period, is driven by a complicated mix of factors – including the impact of the recession, budget cuts, court fees, and the use of alternative dispute resolution – that makes deriving any definitive causal relationships extremely difficult.