Chief Justice Orders Courts Open – Statute of Lim. Tolled.

Governor Corzine in Executive Order No. 19, issued July 8, 2006, having rescinded certain operative portions of Executive Order No. 17, which had declared a state of emergency and closed state offices for regular business except for essential services and functions, and having directed an orderly resumption of state government functions and services, it is ORDERED that (a) the July 3, 2006 Order retroactively closing 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, (b) the July 5, 2006 Order supplementing the July 3, 2006 Order and setting out additional essential functions, and (c) the July 6, 2006 Order supplementing the July 3, 2006 and July 5, 2006 Orders and adding further essential functions are hereby rescinded effective immediately, except as set forth in the following paragraphs; and

It is FURTHER ORDERED that for the period during which the state courts were closed pursuant to the July 3, 2006 Order – that is, from July 1, 2006 through the date of this Order – in the computation of time periods under the Rules of Court and any statute of limitations, each such day that the state courts were closed shall be deemed the same as a legal holiday, with the time periods and statutes of limitations tolled for state court matters; and

It is FURTHER ORDERED that the terms of those grand juries that were impaneled as of June 30, 2006, which terms were extended by the Orders of July 3, 2006 and July 5, 2006, shall continue until concluded by order of the respective Assignment Judge; and

It is FURTHER ORDERED that, as provided in the Order of July 5, 2006, all domestic violence Temporary Restraining Orders shall remain in effect until further order of the court in each individual matter.

Deborah T. Poritz
Chief Justice

Dated: July 8, 2006

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