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