Welcome to the Bureau of Hearings at the New Hampshire Department of Safety.
The Bureau of Hearings, established by RSA 21-P:13, is comprised of four units: Administrative Hearings, Criminal Prosecution, Litigation, and the Motor Vehicle Industry Board. The Bureau's mission is to ensure that privileges within the Department of Safety are protected to the fullest extent provided by law. Our objective is to conduct fair and impartial hearings, be an accessible resource to all parties, utilize progressive and efficient technologies, and be competent professionals treating all with respect and courtesy.
What to Expect
Hearings are administrative in nature, designed to be informal, albeit all testimony is taken under oath, audio recorded, and the results are subject to appeal. Hearsay is allowed. You appear before a hearings examiner, not a judge, and have the right to be represented by an attorney of your choice at your expense. Legal representation is not required. Please note that the Bureau may not recommend a specific attorney or provide legal advice.
The hearings examiner will control the hearing and has the authority to ask questions of individuals present to ensure he or she has the information needed to make a rational, fair, and informed decision.
How it Works
Hearings are primarily conducted under the general authority of the promulgated administrative rules (Saf-C 200). Hearings are also administered through the specific rules and statutes that are applicable to the subject matter and scope of review listed.
Unlike a courtroom, the hearings are held in an office and are decided on a preponderance of evidence standard. This is the lowest standard of proof. The legal standard is met if the hearings examiner feels he or she has enough information/evidence to show that it is more likely than not something happened.
Hearings are scheduled pursuant to requirements established by law and are done at the sole discretion of the Bureau. Hearings are held in Concord, Dover or by video conference.