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Senate Journal 1820-21 (30-28907-P021A.pdf)

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situations as members of the first Legislature diminished by the consideration, that the consequences which may result from your deliberations, will have an important bearing on the generations which are to succeed you, as well as upon the present & future character and standing of the State.

The establishment and organization of a supreme Judicial Court will require your early attention. As the security of the people, the uninterrupted enjoyment of individual rights, the protection of property and the harmony and peace of of society, in a great measure depend upon the correct exposition and impartial administration of the law through the instrumentality of our courts of justice; it is highly important to the people themselves, that such adequate compensation to our first judicial officers as shall command the sources of men of unquestioned integrity, possessing the just intelligence and extensive legal attainments.

Connected with the establishment of our judicial system, there is a subject, which I submit to your consideration, with great dissidence. Our statutes which embrace as is well known, but a small portion of our laws, are comprised in five or six large volumes. In many cases in consequence of explanatory additional, supplementary, and partially upealing acts, it has become difficult to ascertain what the law is. Under a government such as ours, a government of laws and not of men, it ought to be one of its first principles, that the laws should be simple and plain and easy to be understood. A new and revised code of statute law therefore, it is believed, is exceedingly desirable, as it certainly is practicable. It also becomes an interesting question, whether it is not practicable as well as desirable to extend the session still further. When the United States as

Description: The Journal of the Senate documents the proceedings in the chamber, including actions taken on bills, petitions and reports from committees read, and votes taken. The journals are not transcripts and therefore do not include floor speeches that are found in the modern Legislative Records.

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Language: English

Date: 1820-1821

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