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Law Number

RSA 508:17(I)

Summary Title

Liability: Volunteer


An individual, who, in good faith and without compensation, provides services as a registered volunteer for a nonprofit organization or a governmental entity will not be held legally responsible for acting or failing to act. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm.

Full Title

Volunteers; Nonprofit Organizations; Liability Limited

Full Text

I. Any person who is a volunteer of a nonprofit organization or government entity shall be immune from civil liability in any action brought on the basis of any act or omission resulting in damage or injury to any person if: (a) The nonprofit organization or government entity has a record indicating that the person claiming to be a volunteer is a volunteer for such organization or entity; and (b) The volunteer was acting in good faith and within the scope of his official functions and duties with the organization; and (c) The damage or injury was not caused by willful, wanton, or grossly negligent misconduct by the volunteer.