N.J. Constitutional Convention: Vol. 4, Page 163


STATE OF NEW JERSEY CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION OF 1947
COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY
Tuesday, July 1, 1947 (Afternoon session)

MR. SMITH: Would that hold true of probate questions, too?

MR. WATSON: Yes.

MR. SMITH: As a layman, it seems to me that we have a very complicated system in our Orphans' Court and probate section. That is something that is not within the provisions of the Constitution, as I see it. How should that be changed to make it more simple?

MR. WATSON: All jurisdiction that is now exercised by those courts should be lodged under the proposal which I have just been discussing. It should be lodged in the equity section. But, in answer to Mr. Dixon's question, if we carry it out to a logical conclusion, disregarding tradition and political consideration, and invest all judicial trials, jury decisions, in one court, then, of course, this probate jurisdiction will go there, too.

VICE-CHAIRMAN: Any further questions?

(Silence)

VICE-CHAIRMAN: Thank you very much, sir. We appreciate your coming and we are sorry we kept you so late.

We shall adjourn until tomorrow morning at 10:00.

(Session adjourned at 4:50 P. M.)


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