Courtroom experience helpful but not necessary, Harris tells committee

Supreme Court nominee Bruce Harris admitted that while he may not have much courtroom experience, he does have the “ability to conduct legal analysis” and that would suffice to serve on the state’s highest court.

Harris, of Chatham, described courtroom experience as “helpful but not mandatory. “

Harris’s response was made after Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-20) of Linden, questioned him about how comfortable he would be handling Supreme Court cases without experience as a courtroom litigator.

Scutari pointed out that many Supreme Court cases are appeals of “courtroom decisions.”

The chairman for the Senate Judiciary Committee also pointed there are not many legal opinions he’s written that could be reviewed.

Harris said many of the papers he’s written are private transactional documents. However, he did point out that papers he’s written as a bond attorney the last five years are readily available.

Courtroom experience helpful but not necessary, Harris tells committee