NOTICE TO THE BAR

2011-2013 SUPREME COURT RULES COMMITTEE REPORTS -
PUBLICATION FOR COMMENT

The Supreme Court invites written comments on the 2011-2013 reports of the Supreme Court rules committees published with this notice. In those reports, the committees (as listed below) make numerous recommendations to the Supreme Court for rule amendments and other non-rule administrative actions. As noted previously, the Court has staggered the reporting cycles of its rules committees, such that approximately half submit their respective reports each year.

The committees whose 2011-2013 reports are here published for comment are as follows: (1) Committee on Complementary Dispute Resolution, (2) Criminal Practice Committee, (3) Family Practice Committee, (4) Municipal Court Practice Committee, and (5) Supreme Court Working Group on the Proposed Preadmission Pro Bono Requirement. The 2011-2013 report of the Committee on the Rules of Evidence will be published at a later date. Any supplemental reports submitted by any of these committees also will be separately published at a later date.

Some of the appendices referenced in the reports may not be included in this publication; copies of any omitted appendices are available on request. The reports are also available on the Judiciary’s Internet web site at http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/reports2013/index.htm.

Please send any comments on the Committees’ proposed rule amendments or other recommendations in writing by Monday, April 1, 2013 to:

Glenn A. Grant, J.A.D.
Acting Administrative Director of the Courts
Rules Comments
Hughes Justice Complex; P.O. Box 037
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0037

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-July 2013, with any rule amendments likely to become effective September 1, 2013.

Glenn A. Grant, J.A.D.
Acting Administrative Director of the Courts

Dated: February 1, 2013


NOTICE TO THE BAR

2011-2013 REPORT OF THE SUPREME COURT COMMITTEE ON THE RULES OF EVIDENCE – PUBLICATION FOR COMMENT

This publishes for comment the 2011-2013 Report of the Supreme Court Committee on the Rules of Evidence, as referenced in the earlier (February 1, 2013) notice publishing four other 2011-2013 Rule Committee reports for comment. This report also will be available on the Judiciary’s internet web site at http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/reports2013/index.htm.

Please send any comments on the Committee’s proposed rule amendments or other recommendations in writing by Wednesday, May 1, 2013 to:

Glenn A. Grant, J.A.D.
Acting Administrative Director of the Courts
Rules Comments
Hughes Justice Complex; P.O. Box 037
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0037

Comments may also be submitted via Internet e-mail to: Comments.Mailbox@judiciary.state.nj.us.

The Supreme Court will be considering the Evidence Rules Committee Report in June-July 2013. If the Court at that time determines to adopt amendments to any of the Rules of Evidence, there would then be a Judicial Conference scheduled for the beginning of September, consistent with the statutorily defined approval and adoption process for the Rules of Evidence.

Glenn A. Grant, J.A.D.
Acting Administrative Director of the Courts

Dated: March 21, 2013


NOTICE TO THE BAR

2011-2013 SUPREME COURT CRIMINAL PRACTICE COMMITTEE – SUPPLEMENTAL REPORT -- PUBLICATION FOR COMMENT

Published for comment with this notice is the Supplemental Report of the 2011-2013 Supreme Court Criminal Practice Committee. The Committee’s initial report was previously published for comment by notice dated February 1, 2013.

This Supplemental Report will also be available on the Judiciary’s internet website at http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/reports2013/index.htm.

Please submit any comments on the amendments or other recommendations in this Supplemental Report in writing by Wednesday, May 1, 2013 to:

Glenn A. Grant, J.A.D.
Acting Administrative Director of the Courts
Rules Comments
Hughes Justice Complex; P.O. Box 037
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0037

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. 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 the rule reports and recommendations in June-July 2013, with any rule amendments likely to become effective September 1, 2013.

Glenn A. Grant, J.A.D.
Acting Administrative Director of the Courts

Dated: March 25, 2013


NOTICE TO THE BAR

2011-2013 SUPREME COURT RULES COMMITTEE REPORTS­ EXTENSION OF COMMENT PERIOD

By notice dated February 1, 2013 the Supreme Court published for comment the reports of four committees: (1) Committee on Complementary Dispute Resolution, (2) Criminal Practice Committee, (3) Family Practice Committee, and (4) Municipal Court Practice Committee. The comment closing date set forth in that notice was Monday, April 1, 2013. This notice is to advise that the comment period for those four reports is extended to Wednesday, May 1, 2013.

As previously indicated, written comments should be submitted to the following address:

Glenn A. Grant, J.A.D.
Acting Administrative Director of the Courts
Rules Comments
Hughes Justice Complex; P.O. Box 037
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0037

Comments may also be submitted via e-mail to: Comments.Mailbox@judiciary.state.nj.us.

Glenn A. Grant, J.A.D.
Acting Administrative Director of the Courts

Dated: March 28, 2013


NOTICE TO THE BAR

Report of the Supreme Court Interbranch Advisory Committee on Mental Health Initiatives – Publication for Comment

This publishes for comment the Report of the Supreme Court Interbranch Advisory Committee on Mental Health Initiatives. This report also will be available on the Judiciary’s internet web site at http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/reports2013/index.htm

The Advisory Committee, chaired by Hon. Wendel Daniels, P.J.Cr., was charged with developing advice on how to improve the Judiciary’s response to individuals with mental health needs. The Advisory Committee reviewed existing services and programs and examined various issues surrounding the interaction of mentally ill individuals with the judicial system. Based on that review and examination, the Advisory Committee developed a series of recommendations designed to enable more effective responses to people with mental illness, including the expansion of existing programs and procedures and the establishment of new initiatives.

Please send any comments on the Committee’s recommendations in writing by Wednesday, May 8, 2013 to:

Glenn A. Grant, J.A.D.
Acting Administrative Director of the Courts
Rules Comments
Hughes Justice Complex; P.O. Box 037
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0037

Comments may also be submitted via e-mail to: Comments.Mailbox@judiciary.state.nj.us.

The Supreme Court will not consider comments submitted anonymously. Those submitting comments by mail should include their name and address. Those submitting comments by e-mail should include their name and e-mail address. Comments submitted in response to this notice may be subject to public disclosure after the Court has acted on the Advisory Committee’s report.

Glenn A. Grant, J.A.D.
Acting Administrative Director of the Courts

Dated: March 28, 2013

NOTICE TO THE BAR

2011-2013 SUPREME COURT FAMILY PRACTICE COMMITTEE SUPPLEMENTAL REPORT ON THE CHILD SUPPORT GUIDELINES
PUBLICATION FOR COMMENT

Published for comment with this notice is the April 10, 2013 Supplemental Report of the 2011-2013 Supreme Court Family Practice Committee. This Supplemental Report focuses on the Child Support Guidelines and related issues and presents the results of the federally required quadrennial review conducted pursuant to the Family Support Act of 1988 (42 U.S.C.A. § 667(a)) and 45 C.F.R. 302.56(e). The Committee’s initial report was previously published for comment by notice dated February 1, 2013.

This Supplemental Report will also be available on the Judiciary’s internet website at http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/reports2013/index.htm.

Please note that one of the attachments to this Supplemental Report is the 457 page report of the Rutgers School of Social Work, New Jersey Child Support Institute (the expert retained for this quadrennial review). That report is available on the Judiciary’s website at the above site address. Based on the findings set forth in the expert’s report, the Family Practice Committee thus proposes amendments to Rules of Court Appendices IX-A through IX-D and IX-F (Attachments A through E of the Practice Committee’s Supplemental Report).

Please submit any comments on the amendments or other recommendations in this Supplemental Report in writing by Wednesday, May 15, 2013 to:

Glenn A. Grant, J.A.D.
Acting Administrative Director of the Courts
Rules Comments (Child Support Guidelines)
Hughes Justice Complex; P.O. Box 037
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0037

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. Comments submitted 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 reports and recommendations and recommendations of its rules committees in June-July 2013, with any rule amendments likely to become effective September 1, 2013.

Glenn A. Grant, J.A.D.
Acting Administrative Director of the Courts

Dated: April 10, 2013


NOTICE TO THE BAR

REPORT OF THE WORKING GROUP ON THE PROPOSED PREADMISSION PRO BONO REQUIREMENT -- PUBLICATION FOR COMMENT

Published for comment with this notice is the Report of the Working Group on the Proposed Preadmission Pro Bono Requirement.

This report will also be available on the Judiciary’s internet website at http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/reports2013/index.htm.

The Working Group, chaired by Judge Glenn A. Grant, Acting Administrative Director of the Court, was charged with the task of determining whether new Jersey should establish a preadmission pro bono requirement for applicants to the New Jersey Bar and, if so, the parameters of such a program. The Working Group, appointed by Chief Justice Rabner on behalf of the Supreme Court, was comprised of a cross-section of New Jersey organizations, including legal service providers, the three law schools in the state, and representatives from several bar associations. The Working Group's recommendation is that the Supreme Court adopt a preadmission pro bono requirement. The specifics of the Working Group's recommendation are set forth in the report. The bases underlying the Working Group's recommendation are (a) to help serve the growing population of New Jersey residents who are in need of legal services but are unable to afford them, (b) to provide law students legal experience assisting underserved populations in a wide variety of legal contexts, (c) to provide positive pro bono experiences for law students and prospective attorneys in order to instill a career-long habit of pro bono service, and (d) to assist our legal system and democracy by ensuring that the court's adversarial system is able to operate as intended.

Please submit any comments on the amendments or other recommendations in this Supplemental Report in writing by Friday, June 21, 2013 to:

Glenn A. Grant, J.A.D.
Acting Administrative Director of the Courts
Rules Comments
Hughes Justice Complex; P.O. Box 037
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0037

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. Comments may be subject to public disclosure after the Court has acted on the committee reports and supplemental reports.

Glenn A. Grant, J.A.D.
Acting Administrative Director of the Courts

Dated: May 16, 2013

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