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For immediate release: June 3, 2008
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Supreme Court Seeks Comments Regarding Continuing Legal Education

The New Jersey Supreme Court is seeking public comment on the draft report of its Ad Hoc Committee on Continuing Legal Education, Stephen W. Townsend, clerk of the Supreme Court, announced today. The report can be found online at njcourtsonline.com.

Chaired by former Associate Justice Peter G. Verniero, the Committee was asked to advise the Court whether or not it should adopt a mandatory continuing legal education (CLE) program for all New Jersey attorneys and to make recommendations regarding CLE structure and content.

The Committee recommends that mandatory CLE apply to nearly all holders of a New Jersey law license, with few exceptions. It suggests 24 credit hours of instruction over a two-year reporting cycle. It also recommends a uniform tracking system of compliance with elements of attorney self-reporting as well as reporting by CLE providers.

The Court will accept written comments submitted by Sept. 15. Comments should be sent to Clerk of the Supreme Court, Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex, P.O. Box 970, Trenton, NJ, 08625-0970. Comments also may be submitted via e-mail to Comments.Mailbox@judiciary.state.nj.us.

The Supreme Court will not consider comments that are submitted anonymously. Those submitting comments must include their name and address. Comments will be publicly available after the Court has acted on the Ad Hoc Committee's Final Report and Recommendations.

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