N.J. Constitutional Convention: Vol. 4, Page 29

Tuesday, June 24, 1947 (Morning session)

TransitionDraft of Judicial Article2 Draft included in the original transcript at this point for convenience. See Appendix for detailed formal explanation furnished the Committee by Miss Seufert.Article V Judicial

Section V

6. The chief justice, the associate justices of the supreme court and the judges of the general court 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 hold no other office, or position, of profit under the government of this state or of the United States or of any instrumentality or political subdivision of either of them. Any justice or judge who shall become a candidate for an elective public office shall thereby forfeit his judicial office. The justices and judges shall not, while in office, engage in the practice of law or other gainful occupation.

7. Judges of municipal courts may be removed from office in such manner as may be provided by law.

Section VI

1. The chief justice of the supreme court shall be the administrative head of all the courts in this state and shall supervise their work. He shall appoint an executive director of the courts to serve at his pleasure.

2. The executive director shall:

  • (1) Assist the chief justice in all matters related to the administration, finance and personnel of the courts;  
  • (2) Publish a statistical record of the judicial services of all the courts, justices and judges in the state, and of the cost thereof, at such times as shall be required by law;  
  • (3) Prescribe records, reports and audits;  
  • (4) Have such other duties as may be designated by the chief justice.  

3. The supreme court shall provide by rule for reporters, clerks and other officers of the supreme court and the general court.

4. Judgments may be docketed and notices of pendency of action and other papers and documents may be filed or recorded in such offices with such effect, and in such manner, as may be prescribed by law or by rules of the supreme court not inconsistent with law. As many offices shall be established in each county as may be necessary for the convenience of the public. Such offices shall be in charge of an officer of the general court, who shall, subject to law and rules of the supreme court, issue and receive papers and admit to bail on criminal charges.

5. The chief justice shall subject to law and rules of the supreme court provide for sittings and any section, part, or other subdivision of the general court in as many localities in each county as the needs of justice and the convenience of the public may require. The chief justice, subject to the provisions of this constitution and the rules of the supreme court, shall annually assign the judges of the general court among subdivisions of the general court, and may from time to time transfer judges from one assignment to another.

6. Prior to each legislative session the chief justice shall file with the governor and the legislature a report of the work of the courts as provided by law.

- Evelyn Seufert John Bebout Revised Draft, June 23, 1947

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