September 26, 2001


Her Excellency, Governor Jeanne Shaheen
Governor, State of New Hampshire
State House
Concord, NH 03301

Senator Arthur P. Klemm, Jr.
President, N.H. Senate
State House, Room 302
Concord, NH 03301

Representative Gene G. Chandler
Speaker, N.H. House of Representatives
State House, Room 308
Concord, NH 03301

Dear Governor Shaheen, President Klemm and Speaker Chandler:

On behalf of the members of the Supreme Court, I am writing to inquire whether you would have any interest in meeting with leaders of the three branches of government on a regular basis for the purpose of improving inter-branch communication. While our Constitution calls for the three branches of government to be separate and independent of each other, it also recognizes that cooperation is essential for the government to serve the needs of the people.

We believe that greater communication among the branches about issues of common concern will foster understanding about the roles of each branch and provide a forum to discuss issues of common concern. If you feel that regular meetings might be constructive, I suggest we schedule an initial meeting to discuss the idea in general, and if there is agreement to go forward, to discuss specifics of how such meetings would be scheduled, organized and conducted.

The justices of the Supreme Court would be happy to host an initial lunch meeting at the court to discuss the idea of establishing future regular meetings.

I look forward to hearing from you about the proposal.


David A. Brock
Chief Justice