N.J. Constitutional Convention: Vol. 4, Page 3

STATE OF NEW JERSEY CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION OF 1947

COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY

Tuesday, June 24, 1947 (Morning session)

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

The second meeting of the Committee on the Judiciary was held in Room 202, Rutgers University Gymnasium.

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

VICE-CHAIRMAN NATHAN L. JACOBS: I want to report that Dean Sommer is still ill, although I understand he is getting along nicely and expects to be at the Convention next week.

We have been receiving a good many communications which are being referred to the Secretary. I think in due course the Committee, in executive session, should consider those communications, particularly the requests for appearances before the Committee.

You will recall it was our plan to spend today and tomorrow hearing representatives of groups which have heretofore indicated their support for varying proposals.

I have given to each member of the Committee a chart which has been submitted to us and which will, undoubtedly, be referred to by one or more of the groups. It purports to set forth the present New Jersey court system.1 The chart appears in the Appendix to these Committee Proceedings.

In addition, one of the members of the Committee this morning thought it might be helpful to have an analysis of the various proposals. I have had an analysis prepared over the weekend. I won't vouch for its complete accuracy because I have not studied the details, but on preliminary reading it seems to be accurate. It sets forth the differences between the proposals. Unfortunately, we do not have enough copies to go around, but we will undertake to have copies for the members of the Committee. It should be of some help in considering the various proposals.

The first representative we have requested to appear before this Committee is Senator Robert C. Hendrickson, who was chairman of the 1942 Commission. You are all familiar with the Senator, and I think that he will be a good starting point for us in today's session.

Incidentally, I would like, before we close, to discuss with you the plans for the remainder of the month so that we can outline our next hearings and what public hearings we will have. I don't con-


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