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Online Attorney Registration Now Open
The Attorney Online Registration and Payment Center is now accepting payments for the 2012 assessment, announced Judge Glenn A. Grant, acting administrative director of the New Jersey Courts. The site link is at njcourts.com on the right side of the page.
“We would like all attorneys to consider paying their annual fees online this year,” said Judge Grant. “The online payment center allows attorneys to pay at any time, from any location. Attorneys can receive instant confirmation that their payments have been received and print out receipts for their records.”
Attorneys who pay their 2012 registration fee online will receive a $5 discount on their renewal fee.
Implemented in 2008, the online payment center offers a convenient way for attorneys to renew their registration by credit card. There is no additional charge to use the payment center, which accepts MasterCard, Visa and American Express.
“Registering online gives attorneys the opportunity to update their contact information, especially their e-mail addresses,” said Mark Neary, clerk of the New Jersey Supreme Court, which regulates the practice of law in New Jersey. “We ask all attorneys to make sure their contact information is current, so that we can continue to provide the best service possible.”
Last year, about 33,000 New Jersey attorneys, or about 40 percent of those who were eligible to use the system, fulfilled their annual registration requirements online.
Daniel R. Hendi, director of the Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection (LFCP), said, “The Judiciary hopes to have full attorney participation, which will save the courts significant mailing costs and help eliminate data entry errors and other problems with maintaining accurate attorney information.”
Attorneys who used the payment system previously can go to njcourts.com and enter their user names and passwords.
Attorneys in good standing who have not used the center in previous years will receive a notice with their individualized login details in a mailing that was sent out this week.
Firms can pay for groups of attorneys if the individual attorneys have completed the registration portion of the process.
The annual fee covers the administrative costs of the attorney discipline system, including the Office of Attorney Ethics and the Disciplinary Review Board. It also funds the Lawyers’ Assistance Program, which helps lawyers who are dealing with substance abuse issues, and the LFCP, which reimburses clients for financial losses caused by attorneys who have been suspended or disbarred for misappropriation.
Attorneys with questions about how to access or use the system can call 609-292-8079 for assistance.