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New Hampshire Ballot Measure Faces Opposition

Former Manager, Quality Judges Initiative

A former governor and a former supreme court justice oppose a measure on the November ballot that would give the legislature the same authority as the supreme court to make rules governing the administration of all state courts. In the event of a conflict between the two, the legislature would prevail. Justice John P. Nadeau called Question 2 a “major unprecedented intrusion” into the work of a coequal branch of government. The measure, if approved by two-thirds of voters, would make New Hampshire the only state in which the legislature has ultimate authority over court administration.