N.J. Constitutional Convention: Vol. 4, Page 689


Whereas the Constitutional Convention, now assembled at New Brunswick, New Jersey, is to consider and submit to the people a new State Constitution; and

Whereas the Judicial Article of the new Constitution is the concern of every citizen of the State of New Jersey, and particularly the members of the Bar, since the system of courts is the cornerstone of our profession; and

Whereas the question of the abolition of the Court of Chancery as a separate entity in our judicial system is advocated by some of our citizens; and

Whereas the development of equity jurisprudence in New Jersey by a separate Court of Chancery, under the able leadership of our Chancellor and the Vice-Chancellors, is acknowledged by the courts of other states and by leading scholars, to have reached a peak unequalled under any other judicial system in this country; and

Whereas the function of equity jurisprudence is to give to the body of the law its moral vitality and conscience and in so doing give it flexibility and power to protect the weak against the strong and powerful and our inalienable rights from strict legal forms and precedents;

Therefore Be It Resolved that the members of the Lawyers' Club of Ocean County and the Ocean County Bar Association, in joint meeting assembled, record as their considered judgment that in any judicial system proposed by the Constitutional Convention, the Court of Chancery be retained as a separate entity for the administration of equity jurisprudence as heretofore exercised by said Court; and

Be It Further Resolved that a copy of this Resolution be sent to the Judiciary Committee of the State Constitutional Convention and to each of the members of said Committee.


It Is Hereby Certified that the foregoing Resolution was unanimously adopted at a joint meeting of the Lawyers' Club of Ocean County and the Ocean County Bar Association, held on July 10, 1947.

The Lawyers' Club of Ocean County

By: John Lloyd Olson, Secretary Pro Tem

Ocean County Bar Association

By: William T. Hiering, Secretary

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