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State Bar and Sheriffs Association of NJ Announce Expedited Access to NJ Courthouses for Attorneys

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ— New Jersey State Bar Association President Wayne J. Positan and Morris County Sheriff Edward V. Rochford, President of the Sheriffs Association of New Jersey, announced the implementation of a new attorney identification card program that will expedite attorney access into New Jersey courthouses. The new attorney ID cards will cost $25 and will be renewable every 5 years. The program was launched in coordination with Attorney General Stuart Rabner (and his predecessor Attorneys General Zulima Farber and Peter Harvey), the NJ State Bar Association and Sheriffs Association of New Jersey.

The new ID card was designed to address concerns raised by New Jersey attorneys about delays encountered at the state’s courthouses particularly in the wake of increased security since September 11, 2001. Balancing the need to provide easier courthouse access while maintaining a sufficiently high level of security, this new program provides up to $11,000 for each county sheriff’s department to develop an attorney identification processing system for creating and reading the new ID cards.

Purchasing the new attorney ID card is optional and attorneys will not be required to do so. County Sheriffs will continue to honor the identification cards that their offices have issued in the past.

Several counties have begun implementing the new program, and others are in the process of doing so. It is anticipated that implementation of this program in each county will ease attorney access to courthouses throughout the state.

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