CONCORD, N.H. -- Wayne and Kristy Haggie lost their children to Kristy Haggie's parents in a custody battle two years ago. While a judge ruled in June that they could begin visitations, it took four months for the couple to be reunited with their children.
The Nashua, N.H., couple had to wait, they said, because the judge's order got lost in stacks of courthouse paperwork.
"I feel let down by the courts," Wayne Haggie said during testimony before the Task Force on Preservation of the Justice System, which met Thursday at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. "We missed our daughter's first steps."
The American Bar Association created the task force to gather testimony from across the country on the effect of budget cuts to court systems -- and to the people who rely on those systems. The result will be a joint resolution penned by the ABA in the fall and delivered to Congress.