N.J. Constitutional Convention: Vol. 4, Page 748
the Supreme Court, the Court of Chancery and the Prerogative Court, the present county courts being retained as now organized, subject to the power of the Legislature to make changes and to create new inferior courts.
The name of the new court is "Supreme Court." The Legislature is given power to create inferior courts of limited jurisdiction, which might mean trial courts or appellate courts, e. g., to review the decisions of administrative agencies.
Creates a Law Section, to exercise civil, criminal and matrimonial jurisdiction, and an Equity and Probate Section to exercise all other jurisdiction, each section, in turn, being divided into such parts as may be provided by rules of the highest appellate court.
Ditto, with the further, possibly inconsistent, requirement that each justice "shall exercise the powers of the court."
The new Supreme Court, which is a merger of the present state courts only, is to have a Chancery Division and a Law Division.
The new Supreme Court is to have a Law Section exercising original civil and criminal jurisdiction in law, and an Equity and Probate Section exercising all other original jurisdiction. Each section to be divided, in turn, into such parts as the rules of the Court of Appeals provide.
Equity prevails in any conflict with common law and, subject to the rules of the highest appellate court, every controversy is to be determined fully by the justice hearing it.
Ditto (to the extent that the jurisdiction of the new
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