DNA evidence increasingly plays a role in the criminal justice system. In its recent decision in State v. Rafael Camey (A-73-17/080574) (Decided August 1, 2019),the New Jersey Supreme Court clarified when law enforcement may obtain a suspect’s DNA after its initial search is deemed invalid. Facts of State v. Rafael
In J.H. v. R&M Tagliareni, LLC, (A-6-18/081128) (Decided July 31, 2019), the Supreme Court of New Jersey held that landlords do not have a duty to cover radiators in their apartment buildings. The case arose from the injuries to a nine-month old child, who was severely burned when he came
The New Jersey Supreme Court will not stand in the way of the New Jersey Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act (Act), which allows terminally ill patients to end their own lives. The state’s highest court upheld the Appellate Division’s order in Glassman v. Grewal, which removed
In L.R. v. Camden City Public School District,the Supreme Court of New Jersey addressed the extent to which school districts must provide information to requestors on settlement agreements with parents of special education students under the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) and the New Jersey Public Records Act (NJPRA). The six participating justices
Gov. Phil Murphy recently signed two bills into law that amend provisions of the state’s workers’ compensation law to benefit first responders, including those who became ill after volunteering at the World Trade Center site in the days after 9/11. “Any first responder whose career has been cut short because of
In State v. A.T.C., (A-28-18/081201) (Decided August 8, 2019), the Supreme Court of New Jersey held that the Jessica Lunsford Act (JLA) does not violate the separation of powers doctrine provided that certain conditions are satisfied. Specifically, the State must present a statement of reasons explaining its decision to depart from
In State v. James Hemenway, (A-19-18/081206) (Decided July 24, 2019), the Supreme Court of New Jersey held that the Domestic Violence Act’s standard for the issuance of search warrant for weapons, particularly in a defendant’s home, could not be “squared with the probable cause requirement of our State and Federal
Phase one, which became effective on June 30, 2019, increases the number of businesses who must comply with New Jersey’s Family Leave Act (“NJFLA”). Now employers with 30 or more employees will be subject to the NJFLA. As part of phase one the definition of family also has been expanded.