On Monday, a NJ Supreme Court working group issued its anticipated report, outlining recommendations for reforming the state’s municipal courts. The Supreme Court Working Group on Municipal Courts, a 38-member working group that included League representatives, set forth 17 recommendations for legislative changes that focus on “separating sentencing practices from a municipality’s need for revenue, modifying the appointment and reappointment process for Municipal Court judges, and consolidating the state’s smaller courts.
The League and our members are committed to the goal of the working group to ensure that Municipal Courts are fair, independent and accessible to all members of society. And, while we agree with many of the recommendations set forth in the report, such as reduced state-mandated surcharges and access to clinical treatment, other recommendations miss the mark. The League’s position is more fully summarized in the “Minority Opinion” attached to the report, beginning on page 74.
In conjunction with releasing the report, the Court also issued a “Notice to the Bar” inviting written comments from the public. Comments on the Report are due in writing by October 1, 2019. For more information on submitting comments, please see the Notice to the Bar.
The League would like to thank Chief Justice Stuart Rabner for initiating a sincere discussion about the mission of Municipal Courts and would also like to thank the Honorable Glenn Grant, J.A.D., for serving as chairman of the working group and providing the critical leadership necessary for bringing the discussion to various stakeholders.
Contact: Frank Marshall, Esq., League Staff Attorney, email@example.com, 609-695-3481 x137.