N.J. Constitutional Convention: Vol. 4, Page 280

STATE OF NEW JERSEY CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION OF 1947

COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY

Tuesday, July 8, 1947 (Morning session)

(The session began at 11:00 A. M.)

PRESENT: Brogan, Dixon, Drenk, Jacobs, McGrath, McMurray, Miller, G. W., Peterson, H. W., Smith, G. F., Sommer and Winne.

Vice-Chairman Jacobs presided at the request of Chairman Sommer.

VICE-CHAIRMAN NATHAN L. JACOBS: On behalf of the whole Committee I want to welcome Mr. Winne back. I hope his health is really improved, and I think that for the first time we have the entire Committee present.

MR. LESTER A. DRENK: All except Mr. McMurray. I think he is attending a short committee meeting. He is here.

VICE-CHAIRMAN: We should review briefly our plan so that we will make certain not to have any omission. I think that we have reached the point where at the close of this week we can go into the preparation of our tentative draft, which in turn will be submitted for a formal public hearing before the end of the month, so that we can have our Committee Report and recommendations to the Convention by the end of the month. We have tried to cover everybody who has expressed any interest, as well as those groups that we thought would be interested. Mrs. Miller and I will review all of the correspondence again this afternoon, and those who have been unable to appear will be asked to submit their views in writing, if possible by the end of the week, so that we'll have all that before we actually conclude our tentative draft.

As far as this week is concerned, we have invited primarily the organizations which are not legal in nature, that is, bankers, manufacturers, labor, chambers of commerce, etc. Some have indicated they will appear and some have indicated that they will be unable to appear. I suggest that whenever we have spare time because of the non-appearances of these groups, we go into executive session as originally planned, so that we can continue our deliberations and thus cut short the time required after the final hearing on Thursday.

In connection with Thursday's hearings, we'll have the Chancellor, as you know, the first thing in the morning, followed by Judge Learned Hand. I think it would be helpful if we invited such other delegates as are interested and are free, because they


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