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Courts and Law Enforcement Respond to Coronavirus

In light of the national emergency due to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), courts and law enforcement agencies at every level of Government have taken extraordinary actions:

FEDERAL

● The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey has issued procedures for providing
remote video or audio access to public hearings. Interested persons must email a request
to the court ([email protected]), including their name and telephone number, the
case name, case number, and the date and time of the hearing, as well as consent to
consent to follow all of the Court's audio and video teleconferencing rules, including the
prohibition on recording or transmitting the proceedings.

● For more information, see our prior posts.

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

● The New Jersey Supreme Court issued an Omnibus Order beginning to reopen
several functions of the courts. Among other things, the Order directs:

○ Civil arbitration sessions, including landlord/tenant, special civil, and small
claims matters, and matrimonial early settlement panels (ESPs) resume
today, April 27. Trials in these matters remain suspended.

○ Municipal court matters in which all parties consent resume today, April 27.
Municipal court sessions resume via video or telephone on May 11.

○ Discovery deadlines in most civil and matrimonial matters are extended until
May 11.

○ Attorney discipline and fee arbitration matters will resume using remote
options on May 11.

○ Civil and criminal jury trials, landlord/tenant trials, and grand jury proceedings
remain suspended through May 31. In criminal matters, the period through
May 31 is excludable time for speedy trial purposes.

○ Tort claims notice filings and depositions of healthcare workers are
suspended through May 31.

○ There is no scheduled end date for the stay of residential evictions or the
review of foreclosure notices and judgments received after March 1.

○ Courts are authorized to use their discretion to suspend proceedings, extend
deadlines, and accommodate the special needs of parties and attorneys on a
case by case basis.

● For more information, see our prior posts.

MUNICIPAL COURTS

● By Order of the New Jersey Supreme Court, municipal court matters in which all
parties consent resume today, April 27. Municipal court sessions resume via video or
telephone on May 11.

● See our prior posts.

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