Supremes Authorize Retro-active NJ CLE Credits from 1/1/09

08/13/09 – 8:54 pm] By notice dated August 13th, the New Jersey Supreme Court has authorized the granting of retro-active mandatory continuing legal education credits for certain courses taken from January 1st of this year. The credits will apply to any program of mandatory continuing legal education adopted in the future by the Court. Among the courses covered by the notice are those that were taken in satisfaction of attorney trial certification, those that were taken to satisfy the skills and methods requirement and those that were taken in an effort to satisfy the requirements of another state’s continuing legal education program. The Court went on to note that the maximum number of retro-active credits that will be awarded following the adoption of mandatory CLE in New Jersey will be 24. The Supreme Court’s notice to the read as follows:

NOTICE TO THE BAR
Supreme Court’s Ad Hoc Committee on Continuing Legal Education
Credit for Courses Taken after January 1, 2009

The Final Report of the Supreme Court’s Ad Hoc Committee on Continuing Legal Education was submitted to the Supreme Court and comments have been received and reviewed by the Court, but the Court has not yet taken final action on the recommendations of the Committee. To ensure that attorneys continue to participate in continuing legal education programs while the Committee’s Final Report is pending, the Court has determined to provide advance notice that any new continuing legal education program that may be adopted by the Court pursuant to the Committee’s recommendations will grant credit for certain qualifying continuing legal education courses taken after January 1, 2009. At a minimum, the following categories of courses shall be awarded such credit: (a) courses taken in satisfaction of the requirements for New Jersey certified attorneys pursuant to Rule 1:39-2(d); (b) courses that satisfy the skills and methods requirements of Rule 1:26; and (c) courses that are taken in satisfaction of another State’s continuing legal education program. The maximum number of credit hours that will be awarded for courses taken prior to the effective date of any new continuing legal education program shall not exceed twenty-four.

Mark Neary, Esq.
Clerk of the Supreme Court
Dated: August 13, 2009

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