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the appointment of Vice-Chancellors by the Chancellor, should not be disturbed. (While the Committee as a whole felt no separate Orphans' Court should be described in the Constitution, Committee Member Weidner Titzck felt that the Orphans' Court should be included under the jurisdiction of the Chancery Court, and the hearing judge be in the nature of an advisory master.)
Respectfully submitted,Weidner Titzck, Secretary
- 5. That the Prerogative Court as now constituted under Article VI, Section IV, should be abolished.
- 6. That one appellate court should be set up consisting of not less than seven nor more than nine judges, with no divisions or branches, so that every litigant should have one appeal as a matter of right. That the appellate court should sit en banc and do nothing but hear appeals from the lower court. (One Committeeman, Judge Madden, holding a minority, disagreed and thought that there should be two appeals. Committeeman John A. Riggins for other reasons did not favor the one appeals court.) (Also, Committeemen Walter S. Keown and Weidner Titzck favored additional qualification for members of the court of appeals, that said judges should not be appointed to serve on the appellate court unless they had at least five years' experience in the judicial capacity in some other State court.)
- 7. That the Court of Pardons as constituted under Article V, Paragraph X of Constitution, should be abolished of all power to remit fines and forfeitures and grant pardons after conviction, and that such power should be vested in the Governor.
- 8. That all judges of the constitutional courts such as Chancellor, judges of such County Courts and appellate courts as are established shall be appointed by the Governor by and with the advice of the Senate, shall serve during good behavior, and shall be restricted from practicing law.
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