For immediate release: June 17, 2009
For more information contact:
Winnie Comfort or Tammy Kendig
State Courts Closing on June 29 for Second Temporary Layoff Day
The second day of the Judiciary's two-day temporary layoff plan is Monday, June 29, when 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. The plan was developed in response to the fiscal crisis facing the state and is consistent with the temporary layoff plan for Judiciary staff approved by the Civil Service Commission and promulgated by an order issued on May 14 by Chief Justice Stuart Rabner.
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 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, and the Office of Attorney Ethics in West Trenton.
According to the Chief Justice's order, 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 Monday 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.