Chief Justice Modifies Court Shut Down Order

This supplements and modifies (a) the July 3, 2006 Order that retroactively closed the state courts as of July 1, 2006 except for emergent court matters and such other essential functions and supporting operations as may be determined by the Chief Justice, and (b) the July 5, 2006 order supplementing the July 3, 2006 order and setting out additional essential functions;

It is ORDERED that, effective immediately, there shall be a resumption of all Rule 1:10-3 Relief to Litigant Proceedings required pursuant to Directive #2-04 for child support obligors held on a child support warrant, including such pre-hearing interviews and reports by Probation as are required; and,

It is FURTHER ORDERED that, effective immediately, there shall be a resumption of proceedings related to the following matters in the Civil Division: applications for Orders for Hardship Stays of Eviction; applications for Orders for Orderly Removal; applications to Set Aside Levy on Exempt Funds; in addition, applications to Modify or Set Aside a Wage Garnishment, or to Challenge a Writ of Replevin may be resumed on the court’s determination that the matter is emergent; and,

It is FURTHER ORDERED that, effective immediately, the status of persons confined on the basis of a civil writ or warrant for arrest shall be reviewed to determine if the warrant can be disposed or conditions of release established; and
It is FURTHER ORDERED that, effective immediately, the minimum support functions necessary for operation of the Interstate Compact for Offender Supervision shall be resumed; and

It is FURTHER ORDERED that, effective July 7, 2006, all basic supervision functions and the minimum necessary support functions of the Intensive Supervision Program and the Juvenile Intensive Supervision Program shall be resumed; and

It is FURTHER ORDERED that, effective July 7, 2006, basic supervision of specialized probation caseloads, as determined by the Administrative Director of the Courts, shall be resumed.

Deborah T. Poritz
Chief Justice

Dated: July 6, 2006

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