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Klauss v. Civil Service Commission

New Jersey Supreme Court


Decided: January 29, 1945.

EDWARD R. KLAUSS, PROSECUTOR,
v.
CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION AND TOWN OF IRVINGTON, RESPONDENTS

On certiorari.

For the prosecutor, Thomas Brunetto.

For the respondents, Walter D. Van Riper and John J. Gaffey.

Before Justices Case, Bodine and Porter.

Bodine

[132 NJL Page 434]

The opinion of the court was delivered by

BODINE, J. The writ of certiorari in this case was granted to review an order of the Civil Service Commission of this state bearing date August 1st, 1944, relative to the case of Edward R. Klauss. So far as pertinent, the order was as follows: "that the application of Edward R. Klauss for further hearing on his dismissal as Patrolman, Police Department, Department of Public Safety, Irvington, effective January 4th, 1944, heard on appeal by this Commission on April 27th, 1944, and upon which this commission made and published its ruling on June 27th, 1944, be and the same is hereby denied."

Written charges were preferred against Klauss. He was duly tried and found guilty. He appealed to the Civil Service Commission. His counsel submitted the case on the testimony taken below. The dismissal was affirmed. He thereafter petitioned the Commission to reopen the case because it had failed to hear witnesses, receive all competent evidence, and lastly that his attorney was not authorized to submit the case on the record below.

[132 NJL Page 435]

The prosecutor has nothing to complain of save the action of his attorney. He was present, he could have spoken up but he let the case go in. Confronted by an adverse decision he sought a rehearing. There must be an end of all things. Certainly, an attorney may stipulate the evidence in an appeal. It is frequently done. The reopenting of a case once heard rests in the sound discretion of the Civil Service Commission. There is nothing before us to show an abuse of such action.

We have, however, examined the original charges, the summary of the proofs and determination by the Director of Public Safety respecting them, and it is clear to us that the action taken by him was in all respects proper.

The writ will be dismissed, with costs.

19450129


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