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should, with respect to Justices of the General Court, be triable by the Supreme Court.

So far as Justices of the Supreme Court are concerned, it is the recommendation of the League of Women Voters that prior to his appointment a Justice shall have served a term in the General Court, so that his case will come up for review by the Committee on Judicial Appointment before his name has been presented to the Governor. The Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court shall be appointed to hold office during good behavior. The issue of good behavior would be triable by the Senate.

No Justice shall continue in office after he has attained the age of 70 years. One exception that we made here was that the Supreme Court by rule, or the Legislature by law, may provide for the appointment by the Commission on Judicial Appointment of specially qualified referees to serve in special tribunals, such as the Juvenile Court.

And the last paragraph presented here, Mr. Chairman, is just the same as in the previous representations, so that I do not think it is necessary to go into that.

VICE-CHAIRMAN: Thank you very much.

MRS. HEINZ: Mrs. Griffith will speak to you on the importance of judicial administration, Mr. Chairman.

VICE-CHAIRMAN: Mrs. Griffith.

MRS. B. G. GRIFFITH: I am going to stress this as simply as possible, since you did hear about it this morning. Administration of the courts, we believe, can be more business-like and effective under one responsible executive, and we therefore propose that the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court shall be the administrative head of all the courts, and shall supervise their work.

We also propose that the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court shall annually assign justices of the General Court to divisions, sections, or parts thereof, and may from time to time transfer Justices from one assignment to another as need appears.

Whenever the Supreme Court or any 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. At the request of the Chief Justice, the Governor may, with the consent of the Senate, appoint special judges from the General Court to sit in the Supreme Court or special judges to serve in the General Court from a list of candidates presented by the Commission on Judicial Appointments, to serve for not more than one year. Such special judges may exercise all the powers of a Justice of the court to which they are appointed.

All of this, of course, is designed to relieve temporarily congested


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