N.J. Constitutional Convention: Vol. 4, Page 527


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

all I have to say as a representative of the Association.

I would like to add a personal note and address this to you, not as members of this Committee, but as members of the Convention. I think, as I suggested the other day, that we must be very careful about this whole matter, particularly in regard to the publicity which goes out from this Convention. I realize that you have nothing to do with that, perhaps, but I do think that it is a matter that ought to be given some thought. I am referring to the bulletin which was released by the New Jersey Committee for Constitutional Revision. The writer of the bulletin intimates very strongly - in fact, he makes it almost as a statement - that various members of our highest courts in the State appeared here merely to protect their own rights and that is the only reason they fought a change. I am sure that that is not true of, certainly, some members of this Committee, and I hope when the time comes that the Convention actually goes to work and takes hold of this matter and all of the other matters involved in the new Constitution, that it will make every effort to be very careful of the publicity which goes out. If incorrect, it may do a great deal of harm to the whole movement. Thank you very much.

VICE-CHAIRMAN: Thank you. ... Is Mr. Hannoch here?

(Silence)

VICE-CHAIRMAN: Mr. LeDuc?

MR. LOUIS B. LeDUC: Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen:

I am here to speak for the New Jersey Committee for Constitutional Revision. You have already heard our chairman earlier this morning, so I shall speak as a lawyer rather than as a layman. You know the composition of our committee. I am sure that what this committee wants is criticism, rather than praise, but I must say that the great objectives which have been set by our committee have been realized in the first draft. We cannot, therefore, but approve the work that has been done.

We find in your draft that you have established the central principle of integration in bringing our courts together under one responsible head, charged with the duty and implemented with the power to see that justice is administered practically and efficiently throughout the State. We recognize, further, that the New Jersey judge must henceforth devote himself wholly to the duties of his office and may not be distracted by pursuits of profit from his task. Supporting the matter, however, is the assurance of continuing in office if he performs his duties well, and of a pension when he is compelled to retire.

We feel that you have built the essentials of a system of justice that will meet the long-felt requirements of the public of this State. Essentially, the effort back of this Constitutional Convention


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