CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire Judicial Branch will begin pilot programs to push small claims courts toward going paperless.

Officials say small claims courts in Concord and Plymouth will switch to electronic filing and processing on Wednesday. The goal is to have all 32 small claims courts statewide go paperless by the end of the year.

Small claims are filed in cases involving damages or debts of $7,500 or less, though that sum will increase to $10,000 next year. Judicial officials say more than 13,000 new small claims actions were filed in 2013 and nearly 9,000 were reopened.

The project has been in the works for 2-1/2 years and is part of the larger New Hampshire e-Court project.


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