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


The Committee on the Judiciary consisted of Thomas J Brogan, Amos F. Dixon, Lester A. Drenk, Nathan L. Jacobs, Edward A. McGrath, Wayne D. McMurray, Mrs. Gene W. Miller, Henry W. Peterson, George F. Smith, Frank H. Sommer and Walter G. Winne. The Committee first met on Wednesday, June 18, 1947, and organized. Dean Sommer was elected chairman, Mr. Jacobs vice-chairman and Mrs. Miller secretary. Vice-chairman Jacobs presided at the open sessions of the Committee at the request of Dean Sommer.

The Committee met on 17 different Convention days. A general invitation was extended to the public to attend the hearings and to present individual views. In addition, a large number of special invitations were sent out to authorities in the field of judicial organization and administration, members of the judiciary, leaders of the bar, bar associations, deans of law schools, representatives of interested civic organizations, and others who might be of help to the Committee in making suggestions and helping shape its views. Fifty-five persons appeared before the Committee in its open meetings held on June 24 and 25 and July 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 and 24, 1947.

The Committee on the Judiciary held executive sessions on July 15, 16, 17, 22 and 23, 1947 to consider the testimony it had taken and to formulate a tentative draft of the Judicial Article. The tentative draft was published July 24. There was another executive session on July 29 and a final public hearing on July 30, 1947, at which some two dozen persons appeared to give their views on the draft. The final draft which was presented to the Convention as a whole was published on July 31, 1947. A narrative report explaining the draft was issued by the Committee on August 26, 1947.

The testimony given at the open meetings and the public hearing was taken down stenographically and made available

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