N.J. Constitutional Convention: Vol. 4, Page 276
and forty-four, and nothing herein contained shall prevent the Legislature from conferring upon any inferior court which may hereafter be established such power or jurisdiction as was exercised by or which may now be conferred upon the inferior courts mentioned in Section I of Article VI of the Constitution of 1844.
1. The County Courts shall have and exercise, in all cases within the county, such original common law jurisdiction concurrent with the Supreme Court, and such other jurisdiction heretofore exercised by courts inferior to the Supreme Court and the Prerogative Court as may be provided by law. The final judgments of the County Courts may be brought for review before the Supreme Court in the Appeals Division. Until otherwise provided, the jurisdiction heretofore exercised by the Courts of Common Pleas, Orphans' Courts, Court of Oyer and Terminer, Courts of Quarter Sessions, or by the judges thereof, shall be exercised by the County Courts pursuant to rules prescribed by the Supreme Court. The Justices of the Law Division of the Supreme Court shall be ex officio judges of the County Courts. All other jurisdiction or authority now vested in any court, judge or magistrate with jurisdiction inferior to the courts in this section mentioned and not superseded by this article, shall continue to be exercised by such court, judge or magistrate until the Legislature shall otherwise provide.
1. This amendment to the Constitution shall not cause the abatement of any suit or proceeding pending when it takes effect. The Supreme Court shall make such general and special rules and orders as may be necessary for the transfer of all suits and proceedings to the appropriate division or court created by this amendment. Matters pending when this amendment takes effect shall be decided by the judge or judges to whom they were submitted, and the order, judgment or decree made or advised by said judge shall be entered as that of the division or court to which the suit or proceeding shall have been transferred.
1. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the President Justice of the Law Division, the Chancellor and the Associate Justices of the Supreme Court shall be nominated by the Governor and appointed by him, with the advice and consent of the Senate. They shall not be less than thirty-five years of age, and shall have been practicing attorneys in the State for at least ten years. They shall hold office for the term of seven years; shall, at stated times, receive for their services a compensation which shall not be diminished during their term of office, and they shall hold no other office under the Government of the State, or of the United States, and shall not engage in the practice of law during their term of office. The Chancellor and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the Vice-Chancellors and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court, in office when this amendment takes effect, shall be Justices of the Supreme Court until the expiration of their respective terms.
The Circuit Court Judges in office when this amendment takes effect shall be continued in office with the powers of the Justices of the Supreme Court at the circuit until the expiration of their respective terms. They may hold the County Courts, subject to assignment by the Law Division of the Supreme Court.
2. The Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint one judge of the County Court in each county, and such additional County Judge or Judges in any county as may be authorized by law, The County Judges may hold court in any county subject to the control of the Supreme Court. The County Judges shall not be less than thirty years of age, and shall have been practicing attorneys in this
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