N.J. Constitutional Convention: Vol. 4, Page 569


PROPOSED REVISED CONSTITUTION OF 1944

Article V JUDICIAL

Section V

as provided in this Constitution. The Justices of the Superior Court shall hold office during good behavior for terms of seven years and if reappointed shall thereafter hold office during good behavior without limited terms except as to age as provided in this Constitution.

4. The Justices of the Supreme Court and the Justices of the Superior Court shall be liable to impeachment for misconduct in office during their continuance in office and for two years thereafter. The General Assembly shall have the sole power of impeaching a Justice of the Supreme Court or a Justice of the Superior Court by a vote of a majority of all the members. All such impeachments shall be tried by the Senate, and members, when sitting for that purpose, shall be on oath or affirmation "truly and impartially to try and determine the charge in question according to evidence;" and no person shall be convicted without the concurrence of a majority of all the members of the Senate. Any Justice of the Supreme Court or any Justice of the Superior Court impeached shall be suspended from exercising his office until his acquittal. Judgment in case of impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from office, and to disqualification to hold and enjoy any public office of honor, profit or trust in this State; but the person convicted shall nevertheless be liable to indictment, trial and punishment according to law.

5. No Justice of the Supreme Court or of the Superior Court shall continue in office after he has attained the age of seventy years; but, subject to law, he may be assigned by the Chief Justice to temporary service in the Supreme Court or in the Superior Court, as need appears.

6. The Chief Justice and the Associate Justices of the Supreme Court and the Justices of the Superior Court shall, at stated intervals, receive for their services such salaries 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 under the government of this State or of the United States or of any instrumentality or political subdivision of either of them. Any justice or judge of any court in this State who shall become a candidate for an elective public office shall thereby forfeit his judicial office. The Justices of the Supreme Court and of the Superior Court shall not, while in office, engage in the practice of law or other gainful occupation.

7. 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 therein.

8. Judges of inferior courts may be removed from office without impeachment and in such manner as may be provided by law.


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