N.J. Constitutional Convention: Vol. 4, Page 374

STATE OF NEW JERSEY CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION OF 1947

COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY

Wednesday, July 9, 1947 (Afternoon session)

(The session began at 2:00 P.M.)

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

VICE-CHAIRMAN NATHAN L. JACOBS: There will be no executive session today. We have the following schedule for the rest of the afternoon: Mr. Stryker; at 2:30 the Mercer County Bar representative; and then the Surrogates', County Clerks' and Sheriffs' group at 3:30. We will meet tomorrow at 10 A.M. and we will be convened until possible 3 P.M. I suggest that we plan on spending some time after we close tomorrow in executive session preparatory to our sessions next week.

I suggested that we meet on Monday, but I understand that several members are tied up on Monday, and unless there are some other suggestions, we will meet Tuesday morning at 11 A.M. Is that convenient to everyone? Of course, the general Convention meets at 10 A.M. and we will meet in executive session at 11 A.M. prepared to draft the Article. The Chief expects us to be done by noon.

(Laughter)

We have invited Mr. Stryker, who is one of the leaders of our bar, to appear before us, and I want you to know that he has come down from Nantucket. I told him that we wanted to make certain that when he was through he would resume his vacation, and he promised me that he would. I am sure that we will all be interested in his views.

MR. JOSIAH STRYKER: Mr. Chairman and members of the Committee:

I wish to express my appreciation for this invitation to appear before you. The subject to which I wish principally to address myself is the Court of Chancery. The question as to whether that court should be abolished or preserved is one of the most important as well as one of the most controversial questions pending before this Convention. We've been told that our court system should be integrated. Some people say it should be streamlined. There is a difference of opinion among the members of the bar as to what should be done with the Court of Chancery. There are able lawyers on


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