In an effort to rein in the state budget, New Hampshire is suspending jury trials for a month. The trials cost about $73,000 a month, and the state is facing a $250 million deficit. The state also suspended trials in 2001.
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Courts in New Hampshire are suspending jury trials for a month. The move takes effect early next year, and it's part of an effort to rein in the state budget. The trials cost about $73,000 per month and this year, the state is facing a $250 million deficit. New Hampshire does not have an income tax or a sales tax and has run into budget trouble before. The state suspended trials briefly in 2001 as well.
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