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New Hampshire Statutes

New Hampshire Cases

Opinions and Orders

Notice that one case below, Mallios v. Mallios, looks different from the others. The citations and the numbers following the parties' names, are different. That's because Mallios v. Mallios is a final order and the other two cases are opinions. There can be many orders issued in a case. A final order is the one that decides the merits of the case and concludes the court action. (At least until the order is appealed, stayed, reversed, amended, or modified.)

The court has authorized the publication of final orders for informational purposes only. A final order disposing of a case that has been briefed but in which no opinion is issued, does not have precedential value.  Precedential value sets the standard for deciding later cases with similar facts or similar legal issues. Knight v. Maher and Achille v. Achille are opinions with precedential value. Mallios v. Mallios, while it may provide good information, cannot be relied upon to decide later cases. 

Please remember that this guide is for information purposes only and is not comprehensive.  
It is intended as a starting point for research, to illustrate the various sources of the law, and to provide guidance in their use. 
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