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NJSBA News and Updates

August 1, 2014
  • NJSBA supports holistic bail reform package; constitutional amendment and implementing legislation

    The New Jersey State Bar Association supports a holistic approach to bail reform.

    The association is the largest group of judges, lawyers and other legal professionals in the state and counts among its members representatives of all those involved in criminal law cases, including prosecutors, public defenders, individual rights advocates, and judges. With that experience and insight, the NJSBA backs the proposed constitutional amendment, SCR-128, in tandem with the critical implementing legislation, S-946/A-1910, that addresses pretrial detention, speedy trial and funding issues. Continue reading>

  • NJSBA successfully adds its voice to court rule changes

    The New Jersey Judiciary recently released the 2014 Omnibus Rule Amendment Order. It details court rule amendments adopted by the Supreme Court, including several changes the New Jersey State Bar Association advocated related to everything from amicus matters to pro bono representation to contingent fees. Click here for a summary of the changes the association urged. Visit to read the entire rule order. 

  • NJSBA arguments prevail in amicus case

    The New Jersey Supreme Court found that information shared by attorneys with a common interest is privileged and not subject to the Open Public Records Act. The New Jersey State Bar Association, one of several friends-of-the-court in the matter, welcomed Monday's decision. Click here to read the NJSBA brief. Click here to read the decision.

  • Deadline Coming Soon for Annual Pro Bono Award Nominations

    The NJSBA Pro Bono Committee is soliciting nominations for this year’s NJSBA Pro Bono Award. The annual award recognizes exemplary pro bono contributions made by individuals, law firms, corporate law departments, NJSBA sections, committees or divisions and/or other organizations or associations. The deadline to submit nominations is August 14, 2014. Read more>

  • NJSBA Supports Smart and Balanced Approach to Alimony Reform

    NEW BRUNSWICK –The New Jersey State Bar Association, the state’s largest organization of lawyers, judges and legal professionals, endorses the alimony reform efforts adopted by the Assembly Judiciary Committee today. It is a smart, realistic and balanced approach to reforming alimony laws that will protect the residents of New Jersey. A similar measure is pending before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Read more>

  • NJSBA resolution urges constitutional amendment to protect judicial independence

    The New Jersey State Bar Association adopted a resolution urging the Senate and General Assembly to adopt a concurrent resolution to allow a ballot measure to go to the voters this fall regarding judicial reappointments. Read more

    The proposal, first put forth by retired Supreme Court Justice Gary Stein, would change the New Jersey Constitution to say Justices and Judges should hold their offices unless they are unfit. Read Justice Stein's speech.

We can help connect you to legal resources and programs. Find an attorney through the county bar associations. See if you can benefit from any of the NJSBA pro bono programs, such as the Military Legal Assistance Program. Plus, the public can get free information through the New Jersey State Bar Foundation.