The New Jersey Supreme Court oversees all aspects of practicing law in the state. The court is responsible for ensuring attorneys follow ethical rules, serve the best interests of their clients, and comply with rules governing the practice of law. There are several programs in place to ensure compliance.
- The Office of Attorney Ethics (OAE) serves as the investigative and prosecuting arm of the Supreme Court on issues related to attorney misconduct. The office helps discharge the court’s responsibility to supervise and discipline New Jersey attorneys.
- The Disciplinary Review Board (DRB) of the Supreme Court reviews recommendations for discipline. It then makes its own findings in each case.
- The New Jersey Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection, under Rule 1:28, reimburses clients who suffered loss resulting from the misconduct of a member of the bar.
The Supreme Court oversees admission to the bar. Visit the Board of Bar Examiners for rules and resources on admission to the bar. Attorneys must also comply with Continuing Legal Education (CLE) requirements. The Supreme Court Board on Continuing Legal Education approves courses and tracks completion of CLE credits. In addition, most New Jersey attorneys are required to provide pro bono work. The Board on Attorney Certification helps consumers identify attorneys with recognized expertise in certain areas of the law.
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