By Notice to the Bar dated February 23, 2006 the Supreme Court published and posted for comment the 2004-06 reports of its Civil Practice Committee, Special Civil Part Practice Committee, and Committee on the Tax Court, as well as off-cycle emergent recommendations from the Court's Criminal Practice Committee and Family Practice Committee (Note: The actual publication date in the New Jersey Law Journal and the New Jersey Lawyer was March 6, 2006.) That Notice indicated that the Report of the Professional Responsibility Rules Committee would be published at a later date, as would Supplemental Reports from both the Civil Practice Committee and the Special Civil Part Practice Committee.
The Supreme Court now invites written comments on those three additional reports, which are published and posted with this Notice. In those reports, the committees make numerous recommendations to the Supreme Court for rule amendments and other non-rule administrative actions.
The rules committees whose reports are here published for
comment are as follows:
(1) Professional Responsibility Rules Committee
(2) Civil Practice Committee - Supplemental Report
(3) Special Civil Part Practice Committee - Supplemental Report
Please send any comments on the Committees' proposed rule amendments or other recommendations in writing by Monday, May 8, 2006 to:Philip S. Carchman, J.A.D.
Comments on the Committee reports and recommendations may also be submitted via Internet e-mail to the following address: Comments.Mailbox@judiciary.state.nj.us.
The Supreme Court will not consider comments submitted anonymously. Thus, those submitting comments by mail should include their name and address (and those submitting comments by e-mail should include their name and e-mail address). However, comments submitted in response to this notice will be maintained in confidence if the author specifically requests confidentiality. In the absence of such a request, the author's identity and his or her comments may be subject to public disclosure after the Court has acted on the Committee reports and supplemental reports.
The Supreme Court will be acting on these reports and recommendations in June 2006, with any rule amendments likely to become effective September 1, 2006.
Philip S. Carchman, J.A.D.
Acting Administrative Director of the Courts
Dated: March 10, 2006