N.J. Constitutional Convention: Vol. 4, Page 649

STATEMENT OF THE GLOUCESTER COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION

1. The Gloucester County Bar Association is grateful to the Committee for the opportunity to present its views on the Judiciary Section of the new draft of a Constitution.

2. In principle, the Gloucester County Bar Association approves the Judiciary Section (Article V) of the 1944 draft Constitution subject to the following reservations:

  • (a)    Section IV, paragraph 4.   It is felt that this paragraph might be interpreted as a substitute for the present practice of making a motion for a new trial before the trial court judge, but that it should not be so interpreted. To avoid the possibility of misinterpretation, it is suggested that the following clause be inserted at the beginning of paragraph 4, Section V:        

    "Notwithstanding a motion for a new trial before the trial court," etc., etc.  

         
  • (b)    Section V, paragraph 3.   It is believed that the Chief Justice and the Associate Justices of the Supreme Court should enjoy the same tenure as Justices of the Superior Court and hold office without limited term only on reappointment after an initial seven-year term.  
  • (c)    Section V, paragraph 4.   It is believed that a concurrence of two-thirds of the members of the Senate, rather than a majority should be required for conviction upon impeachment.  

Dated: June 25, 1947.

Respectfully submitted,Gloucester County Bar AssociationWilliam B. Kramer, PresidentGuy Lee, Jr., Secretary

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