In State v. Michael A. Konecny (A-21-20/084880) (Decided April 5, 2022), the Supreme Court of New Jersey held a previous uncounseled conviction for driving while intoxicated (DWI) can’t be used to enhance a sentencing scheme for subsequent DWI convictions. The court further holds that a conviction vacated through post-conviction relief
In State v. O.D.A.-C. (A-78-20/085608) (Decided May 2, 2022), the Supreme Court of New Jersey held that because a detective repeatedly contradicted and minimized the significance of the Miranda warnings, the State could not shoulder its heavy burden of proving the defendant’s waiver was voluntary. Facts of State v. O.D.A.-C.
In Graphnet, Inc. v. Retarus, Inc. (A-71-20/085529) (Decided February 11, 2022), the Supreme Court of New Jersey ruled that a new trial on damages was required after the jury received confusing instructions on the purpose of nominal damages by stating in the same instructions that nominal damages compensate a plaintiff
In Kathleen M. Moynihan v. Edward J. Lynch (A-64-20/085157) (Decided March 8, 2022), the Supreme Court of New Jersey held that N.J.S.A. 25:1-5(h)’s provision compelling parties to seek the advice of counsel — and therefore retain counsel — before signing a palimony agreement violates the substantive due process guarantee of
In State v. Anthony Sims, Jr. (A-53-20/085369) (Decided March 16, 2022), the New Jersey Supreme Court rejected an Appellate Division ruling requiring police officers, prior to interrogation, to inform an arrestee of the charges that will be filed against him, even when no complaint or arrest warrant has been issued
Police officers accused of misconduct do not have an automatic right to appeal an order denying qualified immunity in an action under the New Jersey Civil Rights Act (NJCRA), according to a recent decision by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. Rather, a defendant seeking to challenge a trial court’s
In Aleice Jeter v. Sam’s Club (A-2-21/085880) (Decided March 17, 2022), the Supreme Court of New Jersey clarified when the “mode of operation” rule applies. Under the “mode of operation” rule, plaintiffs who bring premises liability claims against businesses that employ self-service models do not need to show that the
In Rivera v. Union County Prosecutor’s Office (A-58-20/084867) (Decided March 14, 2022), the Supreme Court of New Jersey held that the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) does not permit access to internal affairs reports, but those records can and should be disclosed under the common law right of access —