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Supreme Court Releases Report on Recordation of Custodial Interrogations
The New Jersey Supreme Court has approved for publication the report of the Special Committee on Recordation of Custodial Interrogations. The report, which was submitted to the Court on Apr. 15, can be found at njcourtsonline.com.
In State v. Cook, which was decided in 2004, defendant argued that due process required the electronic recordation of custodial interrogations as a condition of their admissibility. Although the Supreme Court declined to find such a due process requirement, it concluded that the use of electronic recordation of custodial interrogations should be evaluated by a special committee. On Aug.10, 2004, the Court appointed the Special Committee on Recordation of Custodial Interrogations to undertake that task.
Comments on the Special Committee's report and recommendations are being sought by the Court for its consideration prior to taking any action. The deadline for the submission of comments is July 1, 2005. Please submit them to the clerk of the Supreme Court at:
Clerk of the Supreme Court
Hughes Justice Complex
Trenton, NJ 08625-0970
Comments also may be submitted via e-mail to the following address: SupremeCT.Mailbox@judiciary.state.nj.us.
The Supreme Court will not consider comments submitted anonymously. Those submitting comments by mail should include their name and address; e-mailed comments must include the submitter's name and e-mail address. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be maintained in confidence only if the author specifically requests confidentiality. In the absence of such a request, the author's identity and his or her comments will be made available to the public after the Court has acted on the proposed recommendations.