N.J. Constitutional Convention: Vol. 4, Page 254

Thursday, July 3, 1947 (Afternoon session)

members of the Bar Association generally. A special meeting was called on June 30, 1947, and the matter was considered, and from that meeting evolved this plan which we are submitting here today, which is somewhat in modified form. Now, I have a sufficient number of mimeographed copies which I would like to pass around, with your permission, setting forth the provisions that were approved by the Association at its meeting. I also have here a digested form, with a diagram. We didn't have sufficient time to have it mimeographed, but I have a copy which I will leave with Mrs. Miller, and then we will send you mimeographed copies later.



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Section I

1. The judicial power shall be vested in a Supreme Court; a Court for the Trial of Impeachments; a General Court; a County Court in each of the several counties of the State; and such inferior courts as may be hereafter ordained and established by law; which inferior courts the Legislature may alter or abolish, as the public good may require.

Section II

1. The Supreme Court shall consist of a Chief Justice and six Associate Justices, or a major part of them. Five members shall constitute a quorum. The Chief Justice or, in his absence, the Associate Justice presiding as provided by law, shall designate a Judge or Judges of the General Court to serve temporarily when necessary to constitute a quorum.

2. The Supreme Court shall exercise appellate jurisdiction in the last resort in all causes to the extent designated in this Constitution, together with such original incidental jurisdiction as is hereby conferred upon it.

3. The Supreme Court shall make rules governing the administration of all the courts in this State except the Court for the Trial of Impeachments. It shall make rules as to the allowance of appeals other than those to be taken as a matter of right, and it shall have power, also, to make rules as to pleading, practice and evidence, which may be applicable to all of the courts in this State except the Court for the Trial of Impeachments, and which shall have the force of law unless changed or abrogated by law.

Section III

1. The Court for the Trial of Impeachments shall be composed of the members of the Senate, or the major part of them, and the Justices of the Supreme Court, or the major part of them. The President of the Senate shall be the Presiding Judge of the Court, except upon the trial of an impeachment against the Governor, in which event the President of the Senate shall not act as a member of the Court and the same shall be presided over by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

2. The House of Assembly shall have the sole power of impeachment by a vote of a majority of all the members; and all impeachments shall be tried by the Court for the Trial of Impeachments.

3. Before the trial of an impeachment, the members of the Court shall take an oath or affirmation 'truly and impartially to try and determine

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