N.J. Constitutional Convention: Vol. 4, Page 751


SUMMARY OF PROPOSALS FOR REVISION OF JUDICIAL ARTICLE


VI. Removal of Judges.


Essex County Bar Association Committee:

may be impeached by the Assembly and tried by the highest appellate court, five votes being necessary for a conviction.

VII. Appellate jurisdiction of the new merged court.

Constitutional Revision Commission:

There are to be at least two Appellate Divisions of three judges each, appointed annually by the Chief Justice to hear appeals from designated sections of the new court, and also from inferior courts, as provided by law. All decisions of the new merged court may be appealed to an Appellate Division within that court.

1944 Proposed Constitution:

Ditto, except that assignments to an Appellate Division made by the Chief Justice must be for a period of three years and for exclusive duty on appellate work. Further, only final judgments are appealable as of right, and preliminary and interlocutory orders only when so provided by law.

1947 Recommendations of League of Women Voters:

Same as 1942 Constitutional Revision Commission.

State Bar Association Committee:

No recommendation on the subject.

Essex County Bar Association Committee:

The new merged court is to have an Appellate Section. The Chief Justice is to assign judges to that section for three-year terms. All intermediate or interlocutory decisions of the new merged court, as well as all decisions of inferior courts and final decisions of administrative agencies, are to be appealable as of right to the Appellate Section, except that the Legislature may provide that some of such appeals shall be heard by a single appellate judge.

VIII. Jurisdiction of highest appellate court.

1942 Constitutional Revision Commission:

Decisions of an Appellate Division of the new court may be appealed further only if there was a dissenting opinion, or if either the Appellate Division or the highest appellate court itself decides that there should be a further appeal. Capital cases and constitutional cases may be appealed directly to the highest court.

1944 Proposed Constitution:

Ditto.

1947 Recommendations of League of Women Voters:

Ditto.


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