The NJSBA sometimes acts as amicus curiae in pending cases before New Jersey and federal courts where issues are believed to affect the legal profession or the system of justice. Most generally, this takes place in state court when these cases reach the Supreme Court level. Amicus requests usually come from NJSBA sections but sometimes come from individual members. Each is reviewed by the Amicus Committee and the final decision is made by the NJSBA Board of Trustees or, when time demands require, by its Executive Committee. The expertise of other interested Sections and Committees is often sought. The NJSBA has been fortunate in having members with outstanding expertise and ability prepare the necessary brief and oral argument, on a completely pro bono basis. The Amicus Committee reviews each brief before filing with the final decisions about filing or content made by the Board of Trustees or by the Executive Committee or President acting on its behalf.
NJSBA members who wish to bring a possible amicus issue to the NJSBA's attention can download the Amicus Request Form. To obtain a copy of an amicus brief or to pass on questions or comments about any amicus issue send an email to the Legal Affairs Department.