N.J. Constitutional Convention: Vol. 4, Page 563




Section V Judicial Officers

4. Justices and judges of every court shall, at stated times, receive for their services such salary as may be provided by law, which shall not be diminished during the term of their appointment. They shall hold no other office or position of profit in the government of this State, or of the United States, nor of any instrumentality or political subdivision of either of them.

5. Any judge or justice of any court in this State who shall become a candidate for an elective office under authority of this State or of the United States shall thereby vacate his judicial office. The justices of the Supreme Court, of the Superior Court and such other judicial officers as may be provided by law shall not during their continuance in office engage in the practice of law or other gainful occupation.

6. A justice of the Superior Court may exercise the powers of a judge of any court established by law in the county or counties to which he may be assigned, and may hold any such court with like jurisdiction, powers and duties as a judge thereof.

Section VI Administration

1. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court shall be the administrative head of all the courts, and shall supervise their work. He shall appoint an executive director of the courts to serve at his pleasure. The executive director shall:

  • (1) Assist the Chief Justice in all matters related to the administration, finance and personnel of the courts;  
  • (2) Publish annually a statistical record of the judicial services of all the courts, justices and judges in the State, and of the costs thereof;  
  • (3) Prescribe records, reports and audits for the inferior courts;  
  • (4) Have such other duties as may be delegated by the Chief Justice.  

2. The Supreme Court shall appoint a court reporter and a clerk of the court, each of whom shall hold office at the pleasure of the court. Within each county, respectively, the county clerks and, as to probate matters, the surrogates, shall be clerks of the Superior Court.

3. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court shall annually assign justices of the Superior Court to counties, divisions, sections or parts thereof, and may from time to time transfer justices from one assignment to another as need appears.

4. Whenever the Supreme Court fails to hear any case within two months after an appeal therein is perfected or fails to decide any case within two months after it has been argued or submitted, the Chief Justice shall certify that fact to the Governor. The Governor may thereupon appoint a special term of the Supreme Court, from

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