N.J. Constitutional Convention: Vol. 4, Page 512


STATE OF NEW JERSEY CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION OF 1947
COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY
Wednesday, July 30, 1947 (Morning session)

This paragraph also opens the door to the addition of original probate as well as criminal jurisdiction in the General Court. This, in my opinion, is going to result in the General Court being so large that it will not only be too big to be a jury but it will be just a little too small to be an army.

VICE-CHAIRMAN: Mr. Davis, I gather that you are reading much of your comments? We have a good many witnesses who wish to be heard today and I would like to ask that you limit your remarks directly to the issues which will be helpful to us and let us have, if possible, your extended comments in written form so that we can avoid detaining others here beyond a reasonable hour.

MR. DAVIS: Mr. Jacobs, I don't wish to detain anybody else, but I think I am entitled to the same privilege as has been extended to others here this morning, to read from notes. I am reading from my notes, and if I unconsciously here and there enlarge upon them, I shall attempt not to do so for the balance of these few pages. But to me it seems that the question is sufficiently important to warrant my having a right to be heard before this Committee in view of the fact that, not only am I an interested party as a citizen, but I am also a lawyer and I have given some effort and labor to the preparation of these notes.

VICE-CHAIRMAN: It is not our intention to curb your comments. It is our intention to avoid keeping the other witnesses here beyond reasonable hours. If any of your remarks could be given to us in written form, we would like to have them. If not, you go right ahead and read them.

MR. DAVIS: It isn't practical, sir. These notes have been corrected and changed and I can barely make them out myself. It isn't practical for me to submit a written report.

VICE-CHAIRMAN: Go ahead, but bear in mind the limitation of time.

MR. DAVIS: May I say this? I will be willing to waive my preference to any other witnesses who are here and then pick up when they are through. Is that satisfactory to you?

MR. EDWARD A. McGRATH: How much longer will you take?

MR. DAVIS: I would say probably another 20 or 25 minutes.

VICE-CHAIRMAN: Why not finish on your present point so that the other witnesses can go on? Then you can resume later this afternoon.

MR. DAVIS: Well, that concludes Section III, paragraph 2. It would be an acceptable stopping place for me, if it is to the Committee.

VICE-CHAIRMAN: All right. You will continue then on Section III, paragraph 3 when you resume this afternoon?


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