Mandatory CLE Proposed to Begin in 84 Days : Supreme Court

[10/08/09 – 3:58 pm] This morning, the New Jersey Supreme Court released a proposed new Rule which will establish the requirement for mandatory continuing legal education by all members of the bench and bar. The proposed Rule 1:42-1 will require the completion of 24 credit hours of continuing legal education over a 2-year period. Four of these credits must be related to ethics issues. Rule 1:42-2 establishes the administrative framework for the mandatory CLE program. The proposed Rule establishes a Board on Continuing Legal Education made up of 11 members of the bar, three of whom must also serve on the Attorney Certification Board. All of the fees, approval of CLE courses and requirements for licensed CLE providers will be implemented by the new CLE board.

As an adjunct to the proposed new Rules of Court, the Supreme Court also issued an administrative determination related to the Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Continuing Legal Education (The Verniero Committee). The administrative determination provides modifications and rejections of certain of the recommendations made by the Verniero Committee and will be implemented by virtue of Rule 1:42-1 and Rule 1:42-2. Compliance with the new requirement for continuing legal education will begin on January 1, 2010.

Public comments related to the proposed new Rule 1:42 can be sent to the following address:

Glenn A. Grant, J.A.D.
Acting Administrative Director of the Courts
Hughes Justice Complex
P.O. Box 037
Trenton, N.J. 08625

Click here to download a copy of the Administrative Determination.

Click here to download a copy of proposed Rule 1:42.

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