N.J. Constitutional Convention: Vol. 4, Page 38

STATE OF NEW JERSEY CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION OF 1947

COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY

Tuesday, June 24, 1947 (Afternoon session)

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

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

VICE-CHAIRMAN NATHAN L. JACOBS: If you are ready to proceed, we have Mr. George McCarter here, representing the Committee of the State Bar Association, and Mr. Herbert Hannoch, also appearing for the State Bar Association. I have advised them that they will have an hour.

We plan to hear three other representatives, Mrs. Henderson, Mrs. Irene Baldwin, and Mrs. Halligan, who will appear in behalf of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey.

Lady and gentlemen, I have the honor of presenting Mr. McCarter. Mr. McCarter, will you please come forward?

MR. GEORGE W. C. McCARTER: I am Chairman of the Committee on Law Reform of the New Jersey State Bar Association. When the 1944 draft of the new Constitution was under consideration, that Association appointed a special committee to make proposals. We did a lot of work, and made a draft, which was placed before the Joint Legislative Committee at that time. It deviated very materially from the proposal that was put before the people.

Since then, the Committee on Law Reform has met and made certain modifications to the former draft, some of which will be quite apparent to you when you see this typewritten paper that is before you.1 Draft included in the original transcript at this point for convenience.

PROPOSED REVISED JUDICIAL ARTICLE -  NEW JERSEY CONSTITUTION

Section I.

General

1. The judicial power shall be vested in a Court of Appeals, a Court for the Trial of Impeachments, a Supreme Court, and such courts inferior to the Supreme Court as now exist and as may be hereafter ordained and established by law; which inferior courts the Legislature may alter or abolish, as the public good shall require.


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