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JERSEY LAW REVISION COMMISSION
of the Commission and its Work
New Jersey Law Revision Commission was created in 1985
by the New Jersey Legislature. The Commission was given
the responsibility to review the New Jersey statutes and
to recommend changes to improve and modernize the statutory
law. See P.L.1985, c.498, N.J.S.A.
1:12A-1 et seq.The Commission fulfills this mandate
through annual and periodic reports to the Legislature
containing recommendations for the adoption, repeal and
amendment of statutes.
Commission became operational in 1986; however, the concept
of permanent, institutionalized statutory revision and
codification is not new in New Jersey The first Law Revision
Commission was established in 1925. That commission produced
the Revised Statutes of 1937. The intent of the Legislature
was that the work of revision and codification continue
after the Revised Statutes, so the Law Revision Commission
continued in operation. After 1939, its functions passed
to a number of successor agencies. Most recently, statutory
revision and codification were among the duties of Legislative
Counsel (N.J.S.A. 52:11-61). By 1985, c.498, the
Legislature transferred the functions of statutory revision
and codification to the New Jersey Law Revision Commission.
the Commission Operates
Commission considers suggestions for revision projects
from legislators, the commissioners themselves, staff,
members of the legal community and the public. Once a
project is assigned, staff members commence research and
prepare memoranda on issues to be presented to the commissioners.
Research may include conventional legal research on cases
and statutes, as well as interviews with members of the
legal community, persons in government, or any other parties
who may have information relevant to the particular subject
matter. When preliminary drafting and redrafting is complete,
the commissioners may approve a "tentative report"
for formal circulation to the public for comment. Depending
upon the project, a second or third "tentative report"
may be issued for comment prior to the approval of a "final
report" which is formally submitted to the Legislature.
The Commission consists of four appointed
attorney members, the deans of New Jersey's three ABA-approved
law schools, and the chairs of the Judiciary Committees
in the State Senate and State Assembly.
Currently the commissioners are:
is represented by Professor Bernard Bell of Rutgers University
School of Law, Newark; Dean Hobbs is represented by Professor
Ahmed Bulbulia of Seton Hall University School of Law; and
Dean Solomon is represented by Grace Bertone, Attorney at
Law, Hasbrouck Heights, N.J. .
- Vito A. Gagliardi, Jr., Chair, Attorney at
Law, Morristown, N.J.
- Andrew O. Bunn, Attorney at Law, Florham Park, N.J.
- Albert Burstein, Attorney-at-Law, Hackensack, N.J.
- Justice Virginia A. Long, Pennington, N.J.
- John J. Farmer, Jr., Dean, Rutgers University School
of Law, Newark
- Patrick Hobbs, Dean, Seton Hall University School of
- Rayman Solomon, Dean, Rutgers University School of Law,
- Nicholas P. Scutari
Chair, Senate Judiciary Committee
- Peter J. Barnes III
Chair, Assembly Judiciary Committee
The New Jersey Uniform Law Commissioners are: Barry Evenchick,
Joseph Donegan and Daniel O'Hern.
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