All states across the country have seen many different changes made to everyday life due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus. This includes the state of New Jersey, as courts have decided to close in an effort to slow down the spread of the disease. As of March 18, 2020, until further notice, there will be no Superior Court proceedings. These closures in addition to the virus spread can cause a great deal of uncertainty for people, which is why it is important to know how your case may proceed for the time being.
How Do Court Closures Impact My Case?
The New Jersey court system is suspended indefinitely with the exception of ongoing trials and limited emergencies due to the Coronavirus outbreak. This announcement follows the adjournment of civil commitment hearings and the suspension of grand juries in state courts. Municipal courts began their two-week suspension on Monday, March 16 until March 27. As a result of these closures, all individuals who are scheduled to appear in municipal court within this time should not appear in court and wait for notice of a new court date.
In addition to this, United States Chief District Judge Freda L. Wolfson adjourned civil and criminal trials that were scheduled to begin in New Jersey’s federal courts before April 30, as well as jury selection for the trials. These will be rescheduled. An order by Wilson said individuals judicial officers may continue to hold hearings, conferences, sentencings, change of plea hearings, and bench trials. However, she encourages them to do so by telephone or videoconferencing to limit the spread of the virus.
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