The Strafford County Courthouse building will be open to the public.

For the purposes of preventing the spread of COVID-19, all persons entering the building should:

Self-screen for COVID-19 signs and symptoms. If anyone reports symptoms they should not enter the building.

Business should be conducted in a remote manner, if/when possible.

Anyone reporting household contact to someone with COVID-19 (in the past 14 days) should not enter the building.

Business should be conducted in a remote manner, if/when possible.

In accordance with the New Hampshire Judicial Branch (NHJB), unvaccinated people should continue to wear a face covering although they are not required to. Applicable to all areas of the Strafford County Courthouse.

Face coverings should be encouraged, NOT enforced.

Vaccination status is an honor system.

DO NOT ask others about vaccination status;

Face coverings offered to everyone;

It is the choice of the individual to wear a face covering.

Operations such as Probation/Parole, Community Corrections, etc. will operate under their own authority regarding inquiry of vaccination status.

Electronic/Remote means to conduct business are still encouraged; however, business may be conducted in person.

Social Distancing and Hand Hygiene are encouraged but not enforced.

For specific information related to Court Operations such as: media coverage, jury trial protocols, electronic services, etc.

Please refer to the NHJB webpage with important information about the response to COVID-19. New Hampshire Judicial Branch - COVID-19 Update and Resources page (

                         Raymond F. Bower

Raymond F. Bower
County Administrator

Seal Strafford


The William A. Grimes Strafford County Justice and Administration Building will be closed on the following holidays for 2023:

New Year’s Day                                  Monday, January 2, 2023 (observed)

President's Day                                    Monday, February 20, 2023

Memorial Day                                     Monday, May 29, 2023

Juneteenth                                             Monday, June 19, 2023

Independence Day                               Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Labor Day                                           Monday, September 4, 2023

Columbus Day                                     Monday, October 9, 2023

Veterans' Day                                      Friday, November 10, 2023 (observed)

Thanksgiving Day                               Thursday, November 23, 2023

Christmas Day                                     Monday, December 25, 2023

New Year’s Day                                  Monday, January 1, 2024

The Justice and Administration Building will be open for business on the following days, although some offices in the building may be closed on these days:

Martin Luther King Day                      Monday, January 16, 2023

Day After Thanksgiving                      Friday, November 24, 2023

Christmas Eve                                     Friday, December 22, 2023 (observed)

If you have any questions regarding these building closures or if your office plans to be open on a day when the County is closed or vice versa, please contact the Commissioners' Office to notify us of these plans.

*NOTE: This is not a list of employee holidays—these are dates that the J&A Building will be closed. Please refer to the Personal Policies for a list of employee holidays.