Harris: Judge’s role not to make law, but to adjudicate

TRENTON – State Supreme Court nominee Bruce Harris summarized his feelings about the roles of the Legislature and the Judiciary today during his Judiciary Committee hearing.

In response to questions from Republican Sen. Joe Kyrillos, Harris said that the role of “the Legislature to make policy decisions is very, very important,’’ and these are the officials people have elected precisely to make such decisions.

“The court is making sure everybody is playing by the rules,’’ Harris said.  “The court is not making the rules.’’

The comments tie in with longstanding comments from the Christie administration and Republican lawmakers about the problem of so-called activist judges who they feel make law rather than follow the law.

And then Democratic Sen. Linda Greenstein questioned him further on that line.  Harris said a justice’s role is to adjudicate the laws and the legislators make the laws.

Harris: Judge’s role not to make law, but to adjudicate