N.J. Constitutional Convention: Vol. 4, Page 717


July 5, 1947

To the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee of the Constitutional Convention:

I have been requested to express my views of the Court of Chancery of New Jersey for the consideration of the Committee.

First: I think the Court of Chancery should be maintained as a separate tribunal with permanent judges of definite terms to administer the court.

The Court of Chancery of New Jersey, through long years of existence, has gained a unique and well deserved high standard throughout the jurisprudence of the United States, and has won the confidence of the people of New Jersey. If it is omitted in the proposed constitution the man on the street, before he votes, may ask why, and it will be difficult to give a satisfactory and convincing reason, and that is the way I will feel about its omission.

Second: A more substantial reason for its retention, viz., I was admitted to the bar of New Jersey in June, 1881 and since that date by contact and experiences with and observation of the Court of Chancery during the past sixty-six years, I have reached the firm conclusion the best and most effective results are obtained from courts, which are administered by a special designated permanent class of judges, who became experts in their jurisdictions, as contrasted with the system of courts which is divided into departments, where judges are shifted from one department to another.

I may add by way of closing a separate and independent Court of Appeals should be created in lieu of the present Court of Errors and Appeals which is too cumbersome.

Respectfully submitted,Charles C. Black

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