News and Notices

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The most recent COVID-19 related news affecting the practice of law in New Jersey, 
as well as links to various notices to the bar.

   

NEWS  

NJSBA Works with Legal Community Regarding 2020 Bar Exam
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In-Person Bar Exam Cancelled; Remote Exam Set for October – July 15, 2020
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ABA and Clio partner to position legal profession for success – June 10, 2020
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The FBI has identified multiple COVID-19 email phishing campaigns with malicious file attachments and URL – May 4, 2020
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United States Secret Service - Increase in Extortionate Emails - Information Only Alert - May 1, 2020
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Labor Department Posts guide to Help Unemployed Workers Claim Weekly Benefits – April 24, 2020
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Executive Order 128 Re: Use of Tenant Security Deposits – April 24, 2020
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News Release - New Dates Announced for July Bar Exam – April 13, 2020
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News Release - NJ Supreme Court Allows 2020 Law School Graduates to Temporarily Practice Law Despite Postponement of Bar Exam - April 6, 2020
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Zoom Bulletin - Best Practices to Stay Cyber Safe on Zoom - April 3, 2020
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Executive Order 114 - GOVERNOR MURPHY DIRECTS U.S. AND NEW JERSEY FLAGS TO FLY AT HALF-STAFF INDEFINITELY IN HONOR OF THOSE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES OR HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY COVID-19 - April 3, 2020
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Association asks Court to issue long-term plan to direct profession through pandemic - March 27, 2020
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Gov. Murphy Announces Mortgage Payment Relief, Financial Protections – March 28, 2020
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NJSBA Letter Urges Division of Workers' Compensation to Resume Hearing Emergent Matters - March 27, 2020
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NJSBA Letter Urges Closure of the Newark and Elizabeth Immigration Courts - March 26, 2020
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NJSBA Letter Re: Emergency Tax Proposals – Extension of State Tax-Related Deadlines - March 25, 2020
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NJSBA Letter Re: A3903 (Downey) – Allows remote notarial acts during Public Health Emergency and State of Emergency declared by Governor in Executive Order 103 of 2020 - March 24, 2020
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NJSBA Letter to Governor Murphy re: Real Estate Transactions
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Executive Order directs businesses, including law firms, to operate with limited in-office operations; urges workforces to telework
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Executive Order 107
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NJSBA Tells Officials Lawyers and Law Firms Should be Viewed as Essential
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Capitol Report: Pending legislation could help small businesses/law firms affected by COVID-19 pandemic
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NOTICES
   
Access the New Jersey Judiciary’s website 
here. Court notices related to COVID-19, in order of most recent to oldest, are also directly linked to below.

Notice – COVID-19 – Cash Payments for Child Support; Limited Reopening of Courthouse Finance Window – October 15, 2020
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Notice and Order – COVID-19 – Landlord-Tenant – Relaxation of Rule 1-40-12 to Expand Pool of Settlors for Pretrial and Settlement Conferences – Parts 1 and 2 – October 9, 2020 and September 30, 2020
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Notice and Order – Attorneys Appearing in LT Pretrial and Settlement Conferences as Part of Limited Representation – Relaxation of Rule 1-11-2 – Parts 1 and 2 – October 9 ,2020 and September 30, 2020
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Vicinage 15 COVID-19 Protocols for Inmate In-Court Appearances – October 2, 2020
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Updated Supplement to Directive 23-06 – Virtual Grand Jury Charge and Oath – September 30, 2020
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Notice – COVID-19 - Update on Court Operations During Phase 2.5 of the Supreme Court’s Post-Pandemic Plan – September 22, 2020
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Notice – COVID-19 – Additional Guidance on the Requirement to Wear Face Masks in Court Facilities – September 22, 2020
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Notice and Order – COVID-19 – Eighth Omnibus Order on Court Operations and Legal Practice – September 17, 2020
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Notice and Order – COVID-19 – Order Providing Additional Information on First New Jury Trials – September 17, 2020
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Notice to the Bar: COVID-19 – Protocols for Sidebar Communications and Confidential Attorney-Client Communications During In-Person Court Events – September 11, 2020
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Middlesex County Resuming Courthouse Operations –A Review of the Logistics – August 14, 2020

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Notice – Revised Instructions for Submitting SASPA Protective Order Applications During COVID-19 – August 13, 2020

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Notice – COVID-19 – Update on Court Operations During Phase 2 of the Supreme Court’s Post-Pandemic Plan – August 12, 2020

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Notice – COVID-19 – Statewide Policy Regarding COVID-19 Exposure Risks in Judiciary Facilities – August 3, 2020
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Notice and Order – COVID-19 – Seventh Omnibus Order on Court Operations and Legal Practice – July 24, 2020
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Corrected Versions of Notice and Order - COVID-19 - Landlord/Tenant - Amendment of Summons and Complaint Forms (Rules Appendices); Rule Relaxations; Orders to Show Cause – July 14, 2020
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Notice and Order – Virtual Grand Jury Pilot Program – Expansion to State Grand Jury – June 25, 2020
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Notice and Order – COVID-19 – Fifth Omnibus Order on Court Operations and Legal Practice – June 25, 2020
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Addendum to Directive 01-17 – COVID-19 Pandemic – Affirmation and Expansion of New Jersey Judiciary Language Access Plan for Remote Court Events - June 19, 2020
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Notice – Appellate Division Procedures to Expedite Appeals from Denial of Medical Furlough Applications – June 15, 2020
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Notice and Order – Virtual Grand Jury Pilot Program – Expansion to Grand Jury Selection – Order dated June 9, 2020; Notice dated June 12, 2020
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Notice and Addendum to Directive 12-20 – Records of Remote Court Proceedings – June 12, 2020
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Notice and Order – COVID-19 – Fourth Omnibus Order on Court Operations and Legal Practice – June 11, 2020
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Notice to the Bar – NJ Courts Post-Pandemic Plain – Transition from Phase 1 to Phase 2 – June 10, 2020
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NJ Courts Post-Pandemic Plan – Transition from Phase 1 to Phase 2 – June 11, 2020
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Message from Hon. Russell Wojtenko Jr., Director and Chief Judge of Compensation – Full Time Judges to Hear Their Regular Lists – June 9, 2020
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Message from Chief Judge Wolfson, Chief Judge USDC - IMPORTANT PLEASE READ IMMEDIATELY - Phase One of the District Court’s Recovery Plan will be pushed forward to June 8 - June 1, 2020
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Notice and Order - COVID-19 - Third Omnibus Order on Court Operations and Legal Practice  - May 28, 2020
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Directive 17-20 - Co-Occurring No-Contact Release Conditions and Domestic Violence or Custody Matters – May 22, 2020
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Directive #16-20 - "Guidance for Megan's Law Proceedings During the COVID-19 Pandemic" - May 18, 2020
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Notice and Order Clarifying Four Provisions of the Second Omnibus Order re Court Operations During COVID-19 - May 15, 2020
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Supplement to Directive 23-06 -- Supplement to Grand Jury Charge and Oath of Secrecy for the Virtual Grand Jury Pilot Project - May 15, 2020
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Notice - Directive 15-20 and the Updated Statewide Violations Bureau Schedule - May 15, 2020
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Directive 15-20 - Promulgation of Updated Statewide Violations Bureau Schedule - May 15, 2020
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Notice and Order – Virtual Grand Jury Pilot Program – May 14, 2020
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Notice – June 3 Virtual Public Hearing on Proposed Rule Amendments – May 14, 2020
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Supplemental Drug Offense Plea Form – Second Suppl to Directive 01-18 – May  11, 2020
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Notice to the Bar: OTSC State Prisoners – filed May 11, 2020
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Notice and Order – Electronic Filing and JEDS – Rules 1-5-6 and 1-32-2A – May 8, 2020
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Notice: Hunterdon County – Virtual Court Availability on Election Day May 12, 2020 – May 8, 2020
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Notice to the Bar: Additional Workers’ Compensation Judges – May 8, 2020
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Notice – Passaic County – Virtual Court Availability on Election Day May 12, 2020 – May 7, 2020
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Notice to the Bar: Workers’ Compensation Court Closed to the Pubic Until May 26, 2020 – May 7, 2020
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Notice – Atlantic and Cape May Counties – Virtual Court Availability on Election Day May 12, 2020 – May 7, 2020
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Notice and Order – Temporarily Authorizing Out-of-State Attorneys During COVID-19 to Provide Pro Bono Legal Services Under Supervision – notice dated May 6, 2020, order dated May 4 2020
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Notice: Civil Arbitration Program – Cancellation of May 14 Initial Arbitrator Training – May 5, 2020
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Directive #13-20 - Sentencing Guidance During the COVID-19 Pandemic - April 30, 2020
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Notice – Public Access to Court Events During COVID-19 – Directives 11-20 and 12-20
– April 28, 2020
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Directive 12-20 – Principles and Protocols for Virtual Court Operations During COVID-19 – April 27, 2020
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Directive #11-20 – Supreme Court Guidelines on Media Access and Electronic Devices in the Courts – April 27, 2020
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Notice to the Bar: Additional Workers’ Compensation Judges – April 27, 2020
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Notice - Emergency Adoption by NJDEP Regarding Site Remediation Rules – April 24, 2020
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Notice and Order – COVID-19 – Second Omnibus Order on Court Operations and Legal Practice – April 24, 2020
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Notice to the Bar: Conducting MESP Session Remotely During COVID-19 – Updated Instructions and Guidance – April 22, 2020
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Notice to the Bar: Workers’ Compensation Courts Closed Until May 11, 2020 – dated April 22, 2020
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Order re: Tax Appeals Deadlines – Further Supplementing the March 19 Order – April 21, 2020
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Notice and Order – Continuation of Remote Court Proceedings; Public Access; Sentencing – April 20, 2020
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United States District Court, District of New Jersey
Standing Order 2020-10 issued by the U.S. District Court of New Jersey regarding habeas petitions from immigration detainees seeking immediate release due to COVID-19
– April 17, 2020
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Notice to the Bar: Judiciary Electronic Document Submission (JEDS) System Tax Appeals – Attorneys Required to File Case Initiating Documents in JEDS – April 17, 2020
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Notice: Civil Arbitration – COVID-19 – Conducting Arbitrations by Video or Telephone – April 16, 2020
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Notice - Deadline Extensions and Tolling Periods in the Appellate Division Related to COVID-19 – April 15, 2020
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Important Announcement from the NJDOBI – April 13, 2020
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Order – COVID-19 – Clarifying That No Tolling Was Intended for Pretrial Detention Appeals – April 9, 2020
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Order – COVID-19 – Extension of Due Date of Judicial Financial Reporting Statements for Reporting Year 2019 – April 7, 2020
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Order – Extension of Timeframes for Municipal Court Administrator Certificate Program – April 7, 2020
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Notice – Judiciary Electronic Document Submission (JEDS) System - April 9, 2020
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Notice and Order - Relaxation of Rule 4:86 regarding guardianship of incapacitated adults to allow interviews and examinations over video or phone – April 8, 2020
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Order Permitting Electronic Service by Email on the State of New Jersey – Relaxation of Rule 4:4-4(a)(7) - April 7, 2020
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Extension of Tax Appeal Deadlines -- COVID-19 -- Supplemental/Clarifying Order - April 6, 2020
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Notice: SASPA Procedures Modified to Address COVID-19 - April 2, 2020
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Directive #10-20 - Process for Search Warrants and Communications Data Warrants in Response to COVID-19 - April 1, 2020
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Letter on Middlesex County Court Procedures from Assignment Judge Michael A. Toto to the Middlesex County Bar Association - March 31, 2020
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Notice to the Bar: COVID-19 - Family Division - (1) Conducting MESPs by Phone or Video; (2) Temporary Suspension of DV Economic Mediation Program - March 31, 2020
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Notice to the Bar: Vicinage XV Municipal Court Virtual Bench/Bar meeting - Thursday April 2 at 3:30
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Notice Regarding the Court's March 27 Omnibus Order on COVID-19 Issues – March 29, 2020
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Judiciary Leaders Express Gratitude for State’s Attorneys - March 28, 2020
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Notice To Bar - Limited Reopening of N.J. WC Courts – March 27, 2020
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Executive Summary - New Jersey Judiciary's Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis - March 27, 2020
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Omnibus Order on COVID-19 Issues - March 27, 2020 

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Notice: Morris County Probation Office Information - March 26, 2020
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Notice: Camden County Correctional Facility Attorney Video Visit Hours - March 26, 2020
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NOTICE TO THE BAR Superior Court of New Jersey, Vicinage 13 Somerset/Hunterdon/Warren Emergent Application Mailboxes – March 25, 2020
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Notice to the Bar: Extension of Comment Period for 2018-2020 Rules Report – March 25, 2020
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Standing Order – Temporary Closing of the James A. Byrne U.S. Courthouse in Philadelphia – March 25, 2020
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Rule Relaxation Order - Courtesy Copies of Civil Motion Papers and Filings During the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis– March 25, 2020
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Notice to the Bar: Emergent Applications During COVID-19 Crisis: Webpage; New Vicinage Email Mailboxes for Attorneys and Litigants – March 24, 2020
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County Surrogate Information During Covid-19 Pandemic
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Supreme Court Order Suspending Depositions and Appearances of Medical Professionals Involved in Addressing COVID-19
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Notice to the Bar: Emergent Applications During COVID-19 Crisis - Webpage; New Vicinage Email Mailboxes for Attorneys and Litigants
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Standing Order 2020-04 United States District Court for the District of New Jersey regarding filing and discovery deadlines in civil litigation matters
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New Jersey Courts -  How to Join and Participate in a Zoom Virtual Courtroom
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Notice to the Bar: Municipal Court Session Cancellations: Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem Counties
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New Jersey Workers' Compensation Court Update

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Message from Assignment Judge Peter F. Bariso Jr. re: Brennan Courthouse
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Salem/Cumberland/Gloucester County Superior Court emergent filing information
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Message to the Bar from the Hon. Sallyanne Floria Assignment Judge of the Superior Court Essex Cty
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Supreme Court-Ordered Mediation Yields Agreement on Release of Low-Risk County Jail Inmates
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Update from the Morris County Prosecutor's Office
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CCBA Family Law Teleconference
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Morris/Sussex Vicinage Emergent Matters & Proceedings Update
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IMPORTANT Cape May County Update - March 20, 2020
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ORDER MODIFYING § 4 OF THE PENNSYLVANIA CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION BOARD REGULATIONS - March 19, 2020
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Access to the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office during the Coronvirus (COVID-19) Epidemic - March 19, 2020
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News from the Third Circuit - March 19, 2020
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Executive Order 106 - Moratorium on Eviction/Foreclosure Removals - March 19, 2020
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Order - Criminal - COVID-19 Related Excludable Time - March 19, 2020
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Order Extending Tax Appeal Filing deadlines - March 19, 2020
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Order - Civil Arbitrations and MESP Sessions - March 19, 2020
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Message from the Director of the Division of Workers' Compensation to NJSBA Workers' Compensation Section members
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Mercer County Civil/Family Courthouse Closed Until 3-30-2020
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Sussex County Courthouse will be closed today. Emergent applications will be handled in Morris. 3/19/2020
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Notice to the Bar: ATTORNEY CERTIFICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 29, 2020
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Letter to Bergen County Executive from NJSBA President Evelyn Padin: NJSBA tells officials lawyers and law firms should be viewed as essential
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Letter to Governor Murphy from NJSBA President Evelyn Padin Re: Bergen County Executive Order No. 2020-1B
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Order - Adjourning Civil Commitment Initial Hearings - Adult and Juvenile - COVID-19 Coronavirus
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Third Circuit Court of Appeals Notice Regarding Operations
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Immigration Court in Newark Closed
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Directive #09-20 - Family - Order to Show Cause - Model Form for Dissolution, Non-Dissolution, an Domestic Violence (FM, FD & FV) Dockets
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Supreme Court Order - Extending Discovery Deadlines and Tolling Filing Deadlines
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Supreme Court Order - Relaxing Municipal Court Plea by Mail Rules to Remove Undue Hardship Requirement
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Supreme Court Order -- No New Grand Jury Selections or Sessions Through March 27
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Bergen County Executive Order No. 2020-1B UPDATE - effective date of the Executive Order will be delayed until Saturday. Read more here
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Notice to the Bar: IOLTA - COVID-19 Related Office Closing and Extending Registration deadline
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United States District Court for the District of New Jersey - Order re: Court Operations Under the Exigent Circumstances Created by COVID-19 - March 16, 2020
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New Jersey Supreme Court Order Tolling Filing Dates for March 10, 2020 eCourts Outage - March 12, 2020
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Notice to the Bar: NJ Court Operations – COVID-19 Coronavirus: Rescheduling of In-Court Proceedings Scheduled for the Week Beginning March 16, 2020; Continuation of All Critical Functions – March 15, 2020
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Office of Administrative Law - Important message from Chief Judge Ellen S. Bass
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Notice to the Bar: Chief Justice Rabner Announces Two-Week Suspension 
of Municipal Court Sessions – March 14, 2020
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Notice to the Bar: Suspension of Landlord/Tenant Sessions for Two Weeks – March 14, 2020
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Notice to the Bar: Municipal Courts – Rescheduling of Court Sessions Scheduled March 16 – March 27, 2020 – March 14, 2020 
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Chief Justice Rabner Suspends New Jury Trials in Response to Coronavirus - March 12, 2020
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