N.J. Constitutional Convention: Vol. 4, Page 257


STATE OF NEW JERSEY CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION OF 1947 COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY
Thursday, July 3, 1947 (Afternoon session)
"DRAFT OF JUDICIAL ARTICLE

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Section IX

4. The Legislature may increase, decrease or vary the jurisdiction of the County Courts by statute and may provide for such divisions or parts as the public good may require.

Section X

1. The Governor shall nominate and appoint, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, the Chief Justice and the Associate Justices of the Supreme Court, the Judges of the Appellate Division of the General Court, the Chief Judge and the Associate Judges of the Law Division of the General Court, the Chancellor and the Vice-Chancellors of the Chancery Division of the General Court, the Judges of the County Courts, and the judges of every court of inferior jurisdiction, except that judges of courts of inferior jurisdiction in the several counties of the State may be elected or otherwise chosen in each county when so provided by law.

2. The Chief Justice and each Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, the Judges of the Appellate Division of the General Court, the Chief Judge and each Associate Judge of the Law Division of the General Court, and the Chancellor and each Vice-Chancellor of the Chancery Division of the General Court shall, prior to his appointment, have been a lawyer of this State in good standing for at least ten years. At least two of the Justices of the Supreme Court so nominated and appointed shall, in addition to their other qualifications, have been for at least two consecutive years, members of the Chancery Division of the General Court, and at least two others of them shall have been members of the Appellate Division of the General Court or of the Law Division of the General Court, for at least two consecutive years, and these numbers shall always be maintained.

3. The Chief Justice and the Associate Justices of the Supreme Court and the Judges of the Appellate Division of the General Court shall hold their offices during good behavior for such term as may be provided by law, which term shall not be changed as to any incumbent during his incumbency.

4. The Chancellor and the Vice-Chancellors of the Chancery Division of the General Court and the Chief Judge and the Associate Judges of the Law Division of the General Court, and the Judges of the County Courts shall hold their offices during good behavior for the term of seven years. The Chief Justice and the Associate Justices of the Supreme Court, the Judges of the Appellate Division of the General Court, the Chancellor and the Vice-Chancellors of the Chancery Division of the General Court, and the Chief Judge and the Associate Judges of the Law Division of the General Court, and the Judges of the County Courts shall each be liable to impeachment and trial in the Court for the Trial of Impeachments for misconduct in office during their continuance in office and for two years thereafter. Any such justice or judge, chancellor or vice-chancellor shall be suspended from office until his acquittal. Judges of inferior courts may be removed from office for misconduct therein without impeachment and in such manner as may be provided by law.

5. The Legislature shall provide by law a system for the retirement of the judicial officers whose appointment is authorized by this article.

6. The Chief Justice and the Associate Justices of the Supreme Court, the Judges of the Appellate Division of the General Court, the Chancellor and the Vice-Chancellors of the Chancery Division of the General Court, and the Chief Judge and the Associate Judges of the Law Division of the General Court, and the Judges of the County Courts shall, at stated intervals, receive for their services such salaries as may be provided by law, which shall not be diminished during the term of their appointment. They shall not hold any other public office or trust or become candidates for any elective public office, except that they shall be eligible to become candidates for and to serve as delegates to a constitutional convention if so elected. They shall not while in office engage in the practice of law."


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