NJ Supreme Court Rules Temporary Use of Virtual Grand Juries Is Constitutional

In State v. Omar Vega-Larregui (A-33-20/085288) (Decided April 28, 2021), the Supreme Court of New Jersey rejected arguments that the use of virtual grand juries in response to the COVID-19 pandemic runs afoul of the Federal of State Constitution. “This court has utilized technology to preserve, not to undermine, the

New Jersey Supreme Court Orders Employer to Cover Costs of Medical Marijuana

In Vincent Hager v. M&K Construction (A-64-19/084045) (Decided April 13, 2021), the Supreme Court of New Jersey ruled that an employer may be required to reimburse the costs of an employee’s medical marijuana. It further held that such a requirement does not conflict with the federal Controlled Substances Act. Facts

NJ Supreme Court Rules Judges Can’t Detain Non-Citizen Defendants to Prevent Removal

In State v. Lopez-Carrera (A-8-20/084750) and State v. Molchor; State v. Rios (A-9-20/084694) (Decided March 30, 2021), the Supreme Court of New Jersey held that the Criminal Justice Reform Act (CJRA) does not empower judges to detain defendants who are non-citizens to prevent immigration officials from removing them from the

NJ Supreme Court Clarifies Impact of Pretrial Detention on Unemployment Compensation

In Haley v. Board of Review (A-71-19/084123) (Decided March 17, 2021), the Supreme Court of New Jersey held that pretrial detention premised on charges that are later dismissed is not a separation from work that automatically disqualifies an applicant from unemployment benefits under the Unemployment Compensation Law (UCL). It further

NJ Supreme Court Rules NJ Transit to Common Carrier Standard Under TCA

In Anasia Maison v. New Jersey Transit Corporation (A-34/35-19/083484) (Decided February 17, 2021), the Supreme Court of New Jersey held that New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ Transit) and its bus drivers are held to the same negligence standard under the Tort Claims Act (TCA) as other common carriers, which is

Significant Provisions of New Jersey’s School Regionalization Bill

Significant Provisions of New Jersey’s School Regionalization Bill

Legislation that would overhaul school regionalization is primed to move quickly through the New Jersey Legislature… Legislation that would overhaul school regionalization is primed to move quickly through the New Jersey Legislature. The bill, Senate Bill 3488, provides a road map for school districts to study and implement school regionalization

New Jersey Supreme Court Upholds Bias Claim Under Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

In Delanoy v. Township of Ocean, (A-68-19/084022) (Decided March 9, 2021), the Supreme Court of New Jersey held that Township of Ocean Police Department’s disparate procedures violate the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA). It was the first time the state’s highest court had considered the PWFA, which amended existing portions