N.J. Constitutional Convention: Vol. 4, Page 300


STATE OF NEW JERSEY CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION OF 1947
COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY
Tuesday, July 8, 1947 (Morning session)

those situations and assign his judges accordingly so that the situation would be taken care of.

MR. McGRATH: But the fact remains that while the Cape May judge is in Essex County there isn't any judge in Cape May.

MR. VAN RIPER: Well, that's the same thing as now, when the judge is up in Nantucket on his vacation.

MR. McGRATH: Well, I'm not speaking of vacations, because I never take any - not as a judge.

MR. DIXON: Wouldn't it be possible under the circumstances, if an emergency case arose in Cape May, to call the court in Essex County and get an order from the judge in Essex County?

MR. VAN RIPER: Certainly.

VICE-CHAIRMAN: Any further questions of the Attorney-General?

We express our thanks to you. You have been very helpful Thank you very much.

MR. VAN RIPER: Thank you very much.

VICE-CHAIRMAN: Mr. Sutton, President of the New Jersey Bankers Association. We have asked Mr. Sutton to appear to discuss such views as the Association may have with respect to the proposed Judicial Article.

MR. FRANK W. SUTTON, JR.: Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen of the Committee:

The expressions I make today will be mine and the opinions of the majority of the members of the executive committee and past presidents of the Association whom we were able to contact after receiving your invitation to appear here today. But they will not be the opinions of the entire New Jersey Bankers Association because we were unable to poll the members as to their opinions.

The majority of the members contacted were of the opinion that no changes should be made in the present Chancery Court system. One member contacted was of the opposite opinion, and another didn't care to bind his bank by making a statement that his bank cared, but he personally did favor the retention of the Chancery Court system as it now exists.

It seems to be the unanimous opinion of those favorable to the retention of the Chancery Court as it is, that the Vice-Chancellors become specialists in the equity branch of law and are much more able to render good decisions than they would be if they were practicing in all of the law courts.

In our own banking institution our officers become specialists - not, as you might say, general practitioners in all branches of banking, but they specialize in particular parts of banking, so that we are able to render a much better service to our customers than we would if we were all trying to do all parts of banking. And we


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