New Jersey Legal Overview
The highest court in New Jersey is the New Jersey Supreme Court, consisting of a Chief Justice and six associate justices. The New Jersey Superior Court is divided into three divisions. The Law and Chancery divisions are the main trial courts, and the third division is an intermediate appellate court. Judicial appointments to both the Supreme and Superior Courts are made by the Governor. The judges serve an initial seven year term, and subsequently reappointments are for lifetime terms until retirement at age 70. New Jersey also has a separate Tax Court and Municipal Courts with limited jurisdiction.
Top metro New Jersey areas for Legal Issues:
1. Capital punishment has been disallowed in New Jersey since the death penalty was abolished in 2007. The New Jersey courts are well known for having a progressive and activist tilt. In New Jersey v. T.L.O. (1985), the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a verdict by the New Jersey Supreme Court which had allowed a student caught carrying drugs and evidence of drug sales to claim Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches. In Lewis v. Harris (N.J. 2006), the New Jersey Supreme Court commanded the state legislature to change the law to offer equal protection for same-sex couples.
2. Six more towns and cities in New Jersey have had lawsuits filed against them related to red light cameras.
3. A baseball player is facing a lawsuit after hitting a woman in New Jersey with a baseball.
Trending New Jersey Legal Topics: The New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) was formed as a voluntary organization in 1899. The NJSBA now has more than 17,500 members, which is still less than half of more than 40,750 attorneys licensed to practice law in the state of New Jersey. Bar exams and admission applications are administered and processed by the Board of Bar Examiners, whose members are appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court for three year terms. The NJSBA offices are located in New Brunswick, NJ while the Supreme Court and other administrative offices of the judiciary are located in Trenton, NJ.