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Today's LTAR

On this morning's LTAR, Bob and Dan were talking about the fact that the 
New Hampshire Superior Court had "agreed to hear" a case involving the 
proposed 720 station in New Hampshire.  They mentioned that the Superior 
Court was the highest court in New Hampshire.

Nope.  The highest court in New Hampshire is the state Supreme Court.  
The Superior Court is the general trial court, as it is in Massachusetts, 
whose decisions are subject to appeal to a higher court.  

And what does it mean that the court "agreed to hear" a case.  You file a 
case in court, and the court will eventually hear it.  Unless, for some 
reason, the town in question moved to dismiss and the court denied the 
motion.  But in so doing, the court still heard the case.

When we talk of a court having "agreed to hear" a case, we usually are 
talking about a supreme court that decides which cases it will hear.  
Cases appealed from the Federal District Courts, which are trial-level 
courts, go to various circuit Courts of Appeals.  There is no general 
right to appeal further to the Supreme Court.  The Supreme Court decides 
which cases from the Courts of Appeals and from the highest-level state 
courts it will hear.

Likewise, in Massachusetts, there is an intermediate-level Appeals Court, 
which takes appeals from lower courts.  The Supreme Judicial Court of 
Massachusetts decides which cases it will hear, either by direct transfer 
from the Appeals Court or by further review after a decision from the 
Appeals Court.

It makes sense to talk about those courts having "agreed to hear" a case. 
But not for the New 
Hampshire Superior Court (or, for that matter, the New Hampshire Supreme 
Court, which takes all appeals from the lower courts.  New Hampshire has 
no intermediate-level appellate court.).

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