N.J. Constitutional Convention: Vol. 4, Page 504

Wednesday, July 30, 1947 (Morning session)

State of New Jersey, as shown by these figures. A comparison was made in one year of the cost of the operation of the District Courts in the State of New Jersey, and of the return from justices of the peace of the County of Cumberland, in which county there is no District Court, and in which the work is performed by justices of the peace. In that particular year the expenditures for District Courts were $625,952, while the receipts from litigants totaled $315,491, causing the taxpayers to pay a deficit of $310,461 for the 41 District Courts in New Jersey. Also, in one year, there was a total of 111,272 cases. The amount expended per case was $563. The amount received per case was $284, causing a deficit or arrearage of $279 per case which the taxpayers of the State had to pay. Specific deficits in that particular year were: Bayonne District Court $21,360, Jersey City Second District Court $20,539, Jersey City First District Court $19,005, Hudson County First District Court $12,509, Bergen County First District Court $12,165. Taxpayers in the following counties, and in that specific year, were compelled to pay these deficits by reason of the operation of the District Courts: Bergen County $52,898, Essex County $42,277, Hudson County $91,041. In that same year, in Cumberland County, which as I say has no District Court, and in which county the work of the District Court is handled by justices of the peace, the taxpayers received $8,000 from the justices of the peace of that county. We respectfully submit, ladies and gentlemen, by reason of these facts and by reason of the fact that the office has always been a constitutional office, that specific provision for the office of justice of the peace should be incorporated by your Committee in the Judicial Article of the proposed Constitution. Thank you.

VICE-CHAIRMAN: Thank you very much. ... Mrs. Flink.

MRS. JULIUS FLINK: I am the immediate past president of the New Jersey Conference of the National Council of Jewish Women. I am speaking for Mrs. Harold Levin, who is our president, since she has not as yet been able to take up her duties, and I was president at the time we were considering the Constitutional Convention. We in the National Council of Jewish Women have a resolution which urges upon all of the sections to become interested in good government for their respective communities. It is for that reason that the New Jersey Conference of the National Council of Jewish Women has been included in the Committee on Constitutional Revision. We go along with the other organizations included in that committee, and are happy today to be able to commend the Judiciary Committee, particularly on the provisions that call for unification of law and equity into a General Court; that call for an administrative authority in the Chief Justice with a mandatory provision that an assistant be appointed; and

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