N.J. Supreme Court Public Hearing on New Muni Court Rules on May 19th

The Supreme Court has scheduled a hearing on Supreme Court Committee reports for Tuesday, May 19, 2009, in the Supreme Court courtroom, Hughes Justice Complex, Trenton. The hearing will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will cover the following 2007-2009 reports previously published and posted for comment:

Among the Rule Reports that will be considered at that time is the Report of Municipal Court Committee. Any member of the public may personally address the Court on an issue related to the Rules.

Among the many proposed new Rules affecting municipal court will be:

* Issuance of complaint/summonses by Code Enforcement Officers without judicial review
* Pretrial conference through the use of telephone or video link
* Exchange of discovery via e-mail or web sites
* Comprehensive procedures for the issuance of subpoenas in municipal court
* New Procedures to advise defendants who wish to be tried by the court without an attorney
* Elimination of the 5-year time limitation in Laurick application
* Change of venue on Laurick applications to the court where the current dwi case is pending
* Provide the municipal court jurisdiction to hear a motion to reconsider (R. 1:7-4) after an appeal has been filed
* Permit prosecutors to use plea bargain forms for all offenses

Anyone who wishes to speak at the May 19 hearing should notify the Clerk of the Supreme Court in writing by Friday, May 8, 2009, at the address set forth below. The request must specify the proposal(s) on which the individual seeks to speak and whether the speaker will be representing an organization. Please note that the limit on each speaker’s presentation is five minutes. The address is:

Clerk of the Supreme Court
Supreme Court of New Jersey
Hughes Justice Complex
P.O. Box 970
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0970

Requests to speak at the hearing also may be made by e-mail to the following address: SupremeCT.Mailbox@judiciary.state.nj.us.

Download a copy of the Municipal Court Committee Report.

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