Author: Donald Scarinci


NJ Supreme Court Rules Criminal Sentencing Statute Does Not Violate Separation of Powers

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

New Jersey Supreme Court Rules Fraud Claims Must be Resolved Via Arbitration

In Goffe v. Foulke Management Corp., (A-3/4-18/081258) (Decided June 5, 2019),the Supreme Court of New Jersey held that fraud claims regarding car dealership agreements must be resolved in arbitration. As emphasized by the court, U.S. Supreme Court precedent does not permit threshold issues about overall contract validity to be resolved by

NJ Supreme Court Clarifies Eyewitness ID Standards

In State v. Anthony (A-11-17/079344)(Decided March 13, 2019), the Supreme Court of New Jersey clarified the process law enforcement officers must follow when they ask eyewitnesses to try to identify a suspect. In doing so, the state’s highest court mandated several new safeguards for the admission of eyewitness identification evidence.

Scientific Evidence

New Jersey Supreme Court Clarifies Admissibility of Scientific Evidence

In In re Accutane Litigation, No. 079958, 2018 WL 3636867 (Decided Aug. 1, 2018), the Supreme Court of New Jersey provided much-needed clarity regarding the admissibility of scientific evidence under the New Jersey Rules of Evidence. Although the state’s highest court stopped short of declaring New Jersey a “Daubert jurisdiction,”

Breath Test

New Jersey Supreme Court Deems Breath Tests Inadmissible

In State v. Eileen Cassidy, (A-58-16/078390) (Decided November 13, 2018), the Supreme Court of New Jersey held that breath test results produced by Alcotest machines not calibrated using a NIST-traceable thermometer are inadmissible. The decision called into question thousands of convictions for driving while intoxicated (DWI). Facts of State v.

New Jersey Supreme Court Clarifies Consumer Fraud Act

In All the Way Towing, LLC v. Bucks County Int’l, Inc., (A066/67-17) (Decided January 24, 2019), the Supreme Court of New Jersey held that the Consumer Fraud Act’s (CFA) definition of “merchandise” should be liberally construed. It went on to hold that the definition extends to a customized tow truck.