N.J. Constitutional Convention: Vol. 4, Page 534


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

then urged which we are hearing today in favor of retention of the separate Court of Chancery. The bolder men of that day, however, went ahead and consolidated equity with law in one court, and by the test of time it has proved successful. Therefore, I think you may well conclude that the same result would be achieved in New Jersey if the citizens of the State approve this new charter next fall.

I am vitally interested in this draft of yours, even though I do not represent any particular organization. As a lifelong resident of New Jersey, I have tried to support all the movements and programs for better government. New Jersey has progressed substantially in many ways in the last 50 years. I think that our judiciary, however, and our court system have lagged behind the times, as you well know.

As a member of the New York Bar for 15 years, I have had an opportunity to observe the consolidated court in action. I certainly don't pretend to be an expert on court systems, but I think it has great advantages over our present system in New Jersey. I say that after having studied the New Jersey system sufficiently to pass the bar exam in April. I think in that connection I could state that the younger men who were candidates for the bar of New Jersey in April are almost unanimous in their support of an integrated system. They have considered it very carefully, they have had the benefits of better law schools today than ever before, and many of them are veterans who have been around. Some of them are members of the bars of other states who now live here and want to become a member of this bar.

I think some of the county bar associations are inclined to preserve the status quo and retain the separate character of such a court. That is more or less natural in the legal profession. However, as one witness said, the situation today is simply a revolution of the people against the profession, and I think if we are to preserve the law and our government of laws as an American institution we must simplify it everywhere, and New Jersey is no exception. The people today want more simplification in our court systems all over the land, and particularly in New Jersey.

I wish to thank you very much for this opportunity, and I want to congratulate you on your splendid effort.

VICE-CHAIRMAN: Thank you, Mr. Baker. ... Mr. Danzig?

MR. CHARLES DANZIG: Mr. Chairman and members of the Judiciary Committee:

I am from Newark. I earn my living practicing law. I do not belong to any county bar association or any state bar association. I am here representing only myself, and talking as a practicing lawyer.

The proposed Judicial Article in this tentative draft would per-


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