For immediate release: May 20, 2009
For more information contact:
Winnie Comfort or Tammy Kendig
New Jersey Judiciary Courts and Offices Closed Friday, May 22 and Monday, June 29
Online Services Remain Available
In response to the fiscal crisis facing the state, and consistent with the temporary layoff plan for Judiciary staff as approved by the Civil Service Commission, on May 22 and June 29 the Supreme Court, the Appellate Division, the Superior Courts in each county and the Tax Court, as well as the Administrative Office of the Courts in Trenton will be closed. Municipal courts are not affected by the state temporary layoff. Litigants should check with local courts for hours of operation and scheduled court proceedings.
Other offices that will be closed by the temporary layoff of Judiciary employees include the Child Support Call Center, all county probation offices, the regional offices of the Intensive Supervision Program and the Juvenile Intensive Supervision Program, all business offices where the public files court papers or makes payments to the courts, the offices of the Supreme, Appellate and Tax Court clerks where papers are filed for those courts, the Office of Attorney Ethics in West Trenton.
By order of Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, the computation of time periods under the Rules of Court and any statutes of limitation shall be deemed the same as a legal holiday, with the time periods and statutes of limitations tolled for state court matters on the two dates the courts will be closed.
The Judiciary's Web site, judiciary.state.nj.us, contains a wealth of resources that will be available on Friday during the temporary layoff. NJMCDirect, the statewide online ticket payment system, will be available for ticket payments, time payments and other municipal court information.
The online Self-Help Resource Center, where self-represented litigants can find packets of information to prepare their cases for court, is on the Web site home page.
The Foreclosure Prevention Resources Center, also on the home page, contains forms and information for homeowners who need assistance.
Online research materials such as the Rules of Court, archived court opinions, Supreme Court Webcast archives, statistical information, YouTube videos about court programs and Notices to the Bar also will remain available during the temporary layoff.
JEFIS, the Judiciary's electronic case filing system, will be available for attorneys filing papers in Special Civil cases during the temporary layoff.