N.J. Constitutional Convention: Vol. 4, Page 265

Now, at the end, we have some suggestions and miscellaneous items which have not been worked out in detailed form, but which we thought should be brought to the attention of the Committee: the routine concerning the appointment of the judicial officers by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate; the impeachment court to include members of the Supreme Court, as it does in other states, and not have it exclusively repose in the Senate; judges to devote full time to their duties; and removal or retirement of judges by a court on the judiciary, to be established by the Legislature with appropriate constitutional sanction.

There should be some means of removing and retiring judges when some question arises. There ought to be responsibility or some means of accomplishing that, because it does probably arise now and then.

Now, on the question of retirement of judges, generally the Committee recommended a retirement age of 70, but the meeting disapproved that and left it entirely to the Legislature.

MR. DIXON: Mr. Lasher, are you suggesting any definite method for the retirement of judges on account of disability?

MR. LASHER: No, sir, that would have to be taken care of by the legislative system.

MR. DIXON: We shall be very glad to receive suggestions, however, of things that might go to the Legislature.

MR. LASHER: Well, that is our position now. I think I have covered the high spots. I just don't want to keep going over things that you have probably heard a dozen times already. I have just tried to point out the things where we thought there might be some improvement. But I would like to ask Mr. Wurts, the chairman of the committee, to speak to you on such other matters as he feels are important, and I do that particularly because Mr. Wurts is a lawyer of unusual training and high standing, not only in the State of New Jersey but in the State of New York, and he has seen how the systems have worked out in law and equity both in New York and in New Jersey.

I also think that a certain amount of confusion has developed as to what we will do when we have this so-called merger, and I think, perhaps, he might be able to shed some light on it - particularly on that aspect.

I will now turn the discussion over to Mr. Wurts - Mr. William H. Wurts.

VICE-CHAIRMAN: Thank you, Mr. Lasher.

MR. WILLIAM H. WURTS: Mr. Chairman, Mrs. Miller, and members of the Committee:

I may say in supplementing what Mr. Lasher concluded with, that I am a practicing lawyer of the State of New York. I want


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