N.J. Constitutional Convention: Vol. 4, Page 690

RESOLUTION OF THE HUNTERDON COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION

(Submitted July 21, 1947)

Whereas, the Constitutional Convention now assembled is to consider and submit to the people a "new State Constitution"; and

Whereas, the Judicial Article of that new Constitution is the concern of every inhabitant and 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 one of the bulwarks of our modern civilization; and

Whereas, the development of equity jurisprudence in New Jersey under a separate Court of Chancery is acknowledged by scholars the world over, to have reached a peak unequaled under any other judicial system in this country, or in England; and

Whereas, a virile and growing equity jurisprudence is that organ which gives to the body of the law its moral vitality and conscience and in so doing gives it flexibility and power to protect the weak against the strong and powerful, and the inalienable rights from the rigidities of legal form and precedent;

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

Be It Further Resolved that copies of this Resolution be forwarded to the Honorable Wesley L. Lance and John F. Schenck, the Hunterdon County Delegates to the Constitutional Convention.

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

Be It Further Resolved that the Hunterdon County Bar Association recommends to the Judiciary Committee of the Constitutional Convention, the insertion of an article in the new Constitution providing that judges of any and all courts in the State of New Jersey hereafter be attorneys at law, duly admitted to practice in the State of New Jersey.


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