For Immediate Release
Kate Coscarelli, Director
MCLE Alert for NJSBA Members
The New Jersey State Bar Association is pleased to share today's MCLE news with you.
The Supreme Court of New Jersey Board on Continuing Legal Education (BCLE) has announced that, following input from the State Bar Association, it will grant a one-time waiver of the $150 non-compliance fee that was assessed to thousands of lawyers and judges for failing to fill out the attorney registration form properly. It also waived the $50 fee paid by attorneys who sought an extension to fulfill their credits.
Many in the legal community received letters from the BCLE about the non-compliance fee, and turned to the State Bar Association for help. State Bar Association leaders shared that input with the Judiciary, and today the decision was announced to grant the fee waiver.
"We are grateful to the Court for its reasonable and timely response to this issue," said State Bar Association President Susan A. Feeney.
The New Jersey State Bar Association, and its division, the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, are proud to serve as a resource to help New Jersey attorneys sharpen their skills and fulfill their educational requirements. After all, under the Association's mission statement, the provision of educational opportunities to New Jersey attorneys is a core charge.
NOTICE TO THE BAR
One-Time Waiver of CLE Fees
The Supreme Court of New Jersey Board on Continuing Legal Education (“Board”) has determined to waive on a one-time basis all fees to be paid by attorneys in the 2011 reporting group only (those with a compliance period that ended December 31, 2010). This one-time waiver applies to the $50 fee paid by attorneys to apply for an extension of time to complete their continuing legal education (“CLE”) courses or to waive CLE requirements, as well as the $150 fee for noncompliance.
This Notice to the Bar supersedes the Notice issued by the Board on September 21, 2011, announcing a one-time reduction in the noncompliance fee.
Attorneys who have paid fees to apply for extensions or waivers and attorneys who already have paid the assessed non-compliance fees will receive a refund or will have their checks/money orders returned upon receipt.
This action by the Board relates only to the CLE fees, not to the CLE requirements or the obligation to certify compliance. Attorneys who received letters of noncompliance from the Board still must complete their CLE requirements and certify to their compliance by November 8, 2011.
Clerk of the Supreme Court
Date: September 22, 2011