Court Emergency Declared
New Jersey courts are closed to the public. Court personnel has been reduced and new filings are delayed. On March 24 the New Jersey Supreme Court issued an order concerning the processing of applications for emergent relief. Further information is available on the court’s website at https://njcourts.gov/attorneys/notices.html.
On April 24, 2020, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued a Second Omnibus Order lifting the suspension of Municipal Court sessions as of May 11, 2020. Discovery deadlines in civil matters are extended through May 10 and the suspension of jury trials is extended through May 31.
Stay and Home and Business Interruption
Stay at Home order is in place. The same order closes all non-essential “retail” businesses except for staff necessary to provide functions that cannot be provided remotely and are necessary for the operation of the business
On March 17, the New Jersey Supreme Court ordered that “[i]n the computation of time periods under the Rules of Court and under any statute of limitations for matters in all courts, for purposes of filing deadlines, March 16 through March 27, 2020 shall be deemed the same as a legal holiday.” This period was further extended and now adds “March 28 through April 26, 2020” as deemed “a legal holiday,”
Executive Order No. 106 prohibits the removal of individuals from residential properties, “unless the court determines on its own motion or motion of the parties that enforcement is necessary in the interest of justice.” The order is effective for “no longer than two months following the end of the Public Health Emergency or State of Emergency established by Executive Order No. 103 (2020), whichever ends later, unless this Order is first revoked or modified by the Governor in a subsequent executive order.”
Guidance to Regulated Entities
On March 19, the Department of Banking and Insurance issued guidance to regulated entities to undertake various hardship practices when interacting with New Jersey residents and businesses. The guidance is available here.