N.J. Constitutional Convention: Vol. 4, Page 517


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

last century and the first part of this century, is due just as much, if not more, to the great and able jurists that we had in the law end of our jurisprudence. May I in conclusion just mention a few of them, because we seem to have had it accentuated so much on the other side of the fence: namely, Mercer Beasley, Chief Justice Hornblower, Justice Depue, Justice Dixon, William S. Gummere, Charles W. Parker, and Francis J. Swayze. Some of these men, and many of our most famous Chancellors, came originally out of the law courts.

While this is only a draft of the Constitution at the present time, this Committee's work may be subject to attack later in this hearing or on the Convention floor, and I want to add my little word in commendation of the work you have done in making an integrated court.

Thank you.

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

MRS. GUSSIE RUBIN: To the Honorable Judiciary Committee of the New Jersey Constitutional Convention:

Gentlemen, I am Mrs. Rubin from Long Branch, Monmouth County, New Jersey. May I state that from the newspapers I have learned that the delegates are imbued with one thought - a State Constitution for all the people, which means a true democratic government for Jersey justice. Therefore, gentlemen, may I ask you a constitutional question?

Under the constitutional law for the State of New Jersey, does the law not permit a person to represent himself, in his own behalf, whether it's a Chancery Court, or the Appellate Court, or the Supreme Court, or the future Supreme Court, or the Court of Errors and Appeals?

I filed an appeal with the Secretary of State in 1946. But, while I appreciate the Chancery Court's kindness to appoint counsel for me, I would rather have represented myself, for the reason that I personally think that the attorney appointed is not capable of representing me properly in this unfortunate foreclosure case of mine which happened in 1941, although I had no knowledge of it until 1944. Therefore, my personal opinion would be if this said attorney would represent me, act in my behalf, I personally would consider it a mock trial.

I appeal to you gentlemen, in the name of justice. I hope that according to governmental rules I will be able to represent myself, as I have stated, and as I have begged the court. Although I have no legal experience, I would not stoop so low as to make any untruthful statements to the court for my own personal benefit. Now it's in the Chancery Court, where I do not care to be represented by just any counsel. I do not wish that counsel to represent me, for


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