Application Instruction for Attorney Certification for 2022

Attorneys who wish to apply for certification can find the application for their field of practice here. Review the following instructions, deadlines, and rules and regulations. 

Application Deadlines

Civil March 28, 2022
Criminal March 28, 2022
Matrimonial April 29, 2022
Workers’ Compensation April 29, 2022
Municipal Court May 30, 2022

Applications postmarked or delivered after the deadline will not be considered by the Board for the 2022 examination.

Rules and Regulations

Read the Regulations of the Board on Attorney Certification before completing the application.

Read Court Rule 1:39 before completing the application.

Application for Certified Civil Trial Attorneys
Application for Certified Criminal Trial Attorneys
Application for Certified Matrimonial Law Attorneys
Application for Certified Municipal Court Law Attorneys
Application for Certified Worker’s Compensation Law Attorneys

Instructions for completing applications

  • All questions must be answered or shown as “not applicable.” Incomplete applications will be returned.
  • All responses must be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted for filing.
  • Section III: Peer Review. Do not send reference letters with your application. Our office will solicit statements of reference by mail and provide forms to each person listed in your application. Applicants are required to furnish accurate and current addresses for references.

    You are encouraged to notify the attorney or judge that you are naming them as a reference in your application for certification. Prior notification often assists the reference in completing and timely returning the peer review form. In order to maintain confidentiality and a fair process, you should not be discussing with your references the details of their peer review responses.
  • Substitute names may be requested of the applicant if any of the provided references are nonresponsive. In addition, the Certification Committees and the Board may seek references from other attorneys and judges familiar with the skills of the applicant.
  • Attach any Certificates of Good Standing attached if applicable.
  • Include check for $250 made payable to “Secretary, Board on Attorney Certification”.
  • Certification and Waiver executed (last page of application signed).

Mail to (Regular):

Board on Attorney Certification - Administrative Office of the Courts
Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex
P.O. Box 965
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0965


Overnight or hand deliver:

Board on Attorney Certification
Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex
PO Box 970
Trenton, New Jersey 08625

Board On Attorney Certification Fees

Certification Application Fee $250
Certification Examination Fee


Recertification Application Fee $175
Annual Fee $175
Late Fee $75
Certified Attorney Logo $5
Certified Attorney Brochures (Brochures are available in multiples of 100) $50