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New Jersey Revamps Its Offer of Judgment Rule

By on September 23, 2022 in Other with 0 Comments

The New Jersey Offer of Judgment Rule permits any party to make an “offer to take judgment” either in the party’s favor (if a plaintiff) or against the offeror (if a defendant). The rationale for this rule is to encourage and facilitate a settlement because of the consequences of non-acceptance of the offer. Pursuant to […]

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Masking and Social Distancing Requirements to be Concluded in New Jersey Civil Courts

By on August 26, 2022 in Other with 0 Comments

The New Jersey Supreme Court has issued a new order, concluding its order that required all participants in jury proceedings to maintain three feet of social distancing, as well as wear a mask. This order will be effective on September 1, 2022. Jurors will continue to begin their jury service virtually and, at that time, […]

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Resumption of In-Person New Jersey Trials

By on May 14, 2021 in Other with 0 Comments

On May 11, 2021, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued an Order authorizing the resumption of in-person criminal jury trials and some in-person civil jury trials, effective on or after June 15, 2021.  Criminal jury trials will be conducted in person and be given the highest priority.  Most civil jury trials will continue to be […]

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New Jersey Supreme Court Orders Virtual Jury Trials to Proceed

By on January 8, 2021 in Other with 0 Comments

After receiving numerous public comments, on January 7, 2021, the New Jersey Supreme Court has ordered that virtual jury trials are to proceed, starting on February 1, 2021. They will be implemented in a two phase approach in a limited number of vicinages on a voluntary basis starting February 1, 2021 and on a mandatory […]

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Jury Trials Again Suspended in New Jersey

By on November 20, 2020 in Other with 0 Comments

Not surprisingly, due to the COVID-19 surge of cases, the New Jersey Supreme Court has once again suspended jury trials. They had resumed earlier in the fall on a limited basis as a hybrid with virtual jury selection and socially distanced trials. However, with this second wave of new COVID-19 cases, the Court deemed it […]

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New Jersey Jury Trials to Resume on Limited Basis

By on August 7, 2020 in Other with 0 Comments

Beginning in mid-September, New Jersey will resume jury trials on a limited basis. Three counties have been chosen to start the resumption of trials – Atlantic/Cape May, Bergen, and Cumberland/Gloucester/Salem vicinages. The plan is to start with criminal trials and then expand to other counties and both criminal and civil trials. The plan is to […]

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New Jersey State Courts Gradually Reopening

By on June 12, 2020 in Other with 0 Comments

The New Jersey Supreme Court has approved the first part of the New Jersey Courts Post Pandemic Plan for transitioning from fully remote court operations (Phase 1) to the gradual return to courthouse and court facilities (Phase 2). The courts will begin the implementation of Phase 2 starting on June 22, 2020. Up until June […]

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Update on NJ Court Proceedings from Supreme Court Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

By on March 30, 2020 in Other with 0 Comments

On Friday, March 27, 2020, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued an omnibus order addressing the suspension of court proceedings, extension of deadlines and tolling time periods. The Court had been issuing almost daily orders but this order addressed the extension of those time periods based upon the current restrictions on movement and activity recommended […]

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Update On Arbitration Hearings In New Jersey State Court

By on March 20, 2020 in Other with 0 Comments

My blog yesterday reported that it was unclear how the New Jersey state court would handle arbitration hearings. We received a notice from the court this afternoon that all arbitrations were cancelled until April 10, 2020. They will be rescheduled. However, civil arbitrations will resume as of April 13, 2020 with participation to be either […]

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Coronavirus Continues To Disrupt Court Proceedings

By on March 19, 2020 in Other with 0 Comments

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all New Jersey state court trials remain on hiatus. All are cancelled until further notice, except for ongoing trials. By order of the Chief Justice, all discovery deadlines are relaxed to permit the extension of discovery deadlines. For computation of the statute of limitations, March 16, 2020 to March 27, […]

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