17.1 Settlements on Behalf of Minors

No settlement of any suit brought on behalf of a minor by a parent or next friend shall be valid unless approved by the court. To obtain approval of a settlement on behalf of a minor, the parties shall file a motion that is signed by the minor's parent, next friend, or guardian.

(a) If the minor is a New Hampshire resident, the motion shall comply with sections (c), (d), (e), (f), (g), (h), (i), and (k) of New Hampshire Superior Court Civil Rule 40 or provide an explanation as to why a specific section does not apply in the circumstances of that case. Court approval is required for all settlements on behalf of a minor, regardless of the net amount of the settlement. Section (b) of Rule 40 is not applicable in this court.

(b) If the minor is a resident of a state other than New Hampshire, the motion shall comply with sections (d), (e), (i), and (k) of the New Hampshire Superior Court Civil Rule 40 or provide an explanation as to why a specific section does not apply in the circumstance of that case. The motion shall also provide a brief statement of the law relative to minor settlements in the state of residence with citations to relevant authority.