Cheshire County unhappy with plan to move courts

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Some Cheshire County New Hampshire officials aren’t happy with Governor John Lynch’s plan to play musical chairs with the county’s courthouses.

Lynch has proposed moving Keene District Court to the Cheshire County Superior Court building. If that happens, the superior court likely would be moved to Jaffrey-Peterborough District Court, because the county building isn’t big enough for two courts.

County Commission Chairman Stillman Rogers says that would be a catastrophe. Both the county and city would have to spend more to get prisoners, police, prosecutors and others to Jaffrey, which is a 40-minute drive from Keene. He says the plan doesn’t make sense given that the county recently spent $39 million to build a new jail in Keene so it would be closer to the courts.

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