New Jersey State Bar Association - The voluntary Bar Association of New Jersey, serving members since 1899.

Bench Bar Relations

Annual Meeting Bench /Bar Conference

Begun in 2003, the NJSBA has hosted a bench bar conference at the Annual Meeting featuring some of New Jersey’s top attorneys and judges in the civil, criminal and family law and municipal court practice areas. Click here for program information from past bench bar conferences.

Judicial Administration Forums

Since 1998, the New Jersey State Bar Association has sponsored annual Judicial Administration Forums, bringing together judges, judiciary managers, and lawyers (including bar leaders) for discussion on issues facing the bench and bar. Past forums have addressed access to justice and trial court practice/procedure reforms, judicial leadership, Court technology and dispute resolution. Click here for agendas from past events.

Best Practices

The bar has been part of the Judiciary's strategic planning effort in a project to standardize civil court practices and procedures with the Judiciary. The NJSBA has expanded this participation to include involvement in civil, family, special civil part and municipal court standardization efforts. Presently, the state and county bars are participating on implementation committees with judges to implement the standards adopted by the Supreme Court and develop corresponding court rules.

Judicial College

Since 1998 the State Bar has participated in the New Jersey Judicial College with a program entitled The Case Management Waltz: Keeping In Step which fosters discussion on how the bench and the bar can better work together to promote the administration of justice. In 1999, the NJSBA became more active sponsoring two programs: in the area of judicial administration entitled Trial Management Standards Illustrated and Applied: Problems and Scenarios which for the first time ever engaged judges and lawyers in role plays involving the merits of a trial management conference; and in the area of complex commercial litigation entitled Complex Cases in Commercial Law which focused on banking, corporations, intellectual property, securities and class actions.

Criticism of Judges

In 1996, the NJSBA developed a procedure to respond to unjust criticism of judges. This protocol was commended by the American Judges Association for the development and utilization of this project. Recently, the Association objected to the "rankings" of judges by a legal periodical.

Click here to read the NJSBA procedures to respond to the unjust criticism of judges

Supreme Court Excusal Policy for Bar Association Events

Below is a link to Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner’s continuation of the Supreme Court’s Excusal Policy for Board of Trustees meetings and NJSBA Annual and Mid-Year Meetings.

Excusal Policy