eCourts/JEDS and Electronic Filing

All attorneys should use eCourts for all filings in case types currently available in eCourts. These include:

  • Appellate Division
  • Children-in-Court
  • Civil
  • Criminal
  • Foreclosure
  • Special Civil DC Docket
  • Supreme Court
  • Tax Court

Attorneys should use the Judiciary Electronic Document Submission (JEDS) system only for the following case types:

  • Divorce
  • Child Support and Custody
  • DV Contempt
  • General Equity
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Small Claims
  • When an attorney files a document in JEDS where eCourts is available for that case type, the filing will be dismissed by the clerk without a refund of the filing fee.

Do not submit these documents in JEDS:

  • Discovery
  • Evidence
  • Civil Commitments
  • Guardianship
  • Estates

Attorneys can watch this video to learn more about JEDS

Deficiencies
The clerk can notify attorneys of deficiencies in cases filed electronically. Attorneys will have 10 days to correct the deficiency.

Electronic Signatures
All documents submitted through eCourts and JEDS are considered to be signed under Court Rule 1:5-6.
Read the May 8 Notice to the Bar

Service of Process
Court Rule 1:41-3 has been relaxed and supplemented to allow service of process by mail on the State of New Jersey. Read the Supreme Court order.

Courtesy Copies of Court Filings
The requirement that the parties must provide courtesy copies of their civil or matrimonial court filings is suspended through June 14. Courtesy copies are still required if the submission is more than 35 pages long.


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Extensions and Tolling

Discovery

The Supreme Court issued a third Omnibus Order on May 28 that extends discovery deadlines and tolling time periods for some case types. Other discovery deadlines ended on May 10 or May 31. The third Omnibus Order affects the second Omnibus Order dated April 24, so it will be helpful to read both.

Automatic Dismissals

Also, cases that might have been dismissed for lack of prosecution were tolled through May 31. Automatic defaults for DC matters were suspended through May 31.

Noticing

Extensions for certain court notices are included in the second Omnibus Order on April 24.

Tolling

With a few exceptions, the period from March 16 through May 10, 2020, is to be considered the same as a legal holiday. Read the second Omnibus Order to see whether this affects your case.

Request extension for an individual case.

Many things can affect lawyer or litigant’s ability to proceed with each case. You can request an extension without a formal motion by submitting a letter. Read Court Rule 1:1-2(a) for information about when the court might be able to grant an extensions.


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Online court proceedings

Most court proceedings are being held online. See the full list of the technologies being used for various situations. Participants will receive invitations using the email address on file with the courts. Read the instructions for joining online court events.

Beginning June 22, some Superior Court and municipal court matters could be heard in person. This would include bench trials and hearings for cases that are especially complex. Supreme Court and Appellate Court proceedings will continue online for now.

See the June 10 Notice to the Bar for more details on the Phase 2 post-pandemic plan.


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Education and Regulation

Bar Exam/Law School Grads

The New Jersey Bar Exam scheduled for July has been cancelled due to COVID-19. Law school graduates who have yet to take the bar exam are allowed to practice law with some conditions. They must be supervised by a licensed attorney. They must take the bar exam in September. The next Bar Exam date will be announced after the State of Emergency has ended. Read the Supreme Court Order for a full list of conditions.

CLE Requirements

The Supreme Court has relaxed the requirement that 12 credit hours of continuing legal education be through live in-person instruction. Right now, all 24 credit hours for the compliance period can be fulfilled through approved online instruction.

Attorney Certifications

The deadline for filing an application for certification for examinations given in 2020 was extended to May 29, 2020 by postmark or hand delivery. This certification exams are for civil trial certification, criminal trial certification, matrimonial law certificiation, workers’ compensation law certification, and municipal court law certification.

Attorney Discipline Cases and Fee Arbitrations

Attorney disciplinary hearings resumed by video conference on May 11. Fee cases also resumed by video conference starting May 11. Some very complex cases might be on hold for now.

Pro Bono

Court Rule 1:21-10(b) has been relaxed to allow attorneys from other states to provide pro bono services. Out-of-state attorneys must be in good standing in their own state. Also, they must be supervised by a licensed New Jersey attorney.

Read the May 6 Notice to the Bar


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Rule Relaxations

Summary of all Court Rule relaxations under COVID-19

  • Rule 1:5-6(c):
    The clerk may issue a deficiency notice to filers who electronically file nonconforming or otherwise deficient documents and shall provide ten (10) days to correct matters covered by Rule 1:5-6(c). (May 8 Notice).

  • Rule 1 :5-6(c)(1):
    Relaxed to provide that documents filed through an approved electronic filing system (including eCourts and JEDS) shall be deemed filed upon receipt in the system and the clerk may not refuse to file such documents.(May 8 Notice).

  • Rule 1 :5-6(d):
    Relaxed to provide that the clerk shall redirect pleadings electronically filed in eCourts or JEDS if filed in the wrong venue, in the wrong division, or in the wrong case type and shall notify the filing party of that change. (May 8 Notice).

  • Rule 1:6-4:
    Relaxed and supplemented to eliminate requirement for copies of civil and family matrimonial (FM) motion papers to be submitted to the judge as long as total submission does not exceed 35 pages. Also, suspends the requirement of courtesy copies as long as the total submission does not exceed 25 pages. (March 27 Notice); (April 24 Notice)(May 15 Notice)(May 28 Notice).

  • Rule 1:18B-1(d):
    Relaxed and supplemented to extend 2019 judicial financial statements to be due by Aug. 15, 2020. (April 10 Notice).

  • Rule 1:20-1:
    Extended to make the time period from March 16 through April 26 the same as a legal holiday for the tolling of grievances, formal pleadings, hearings and procedural deadlines. (March 27 Notice) Tolling further extended through May 10. (April 24 Notice).

  • Rule 1:20A-1:
    Extended to make the time period from March 16 through April 26 the same as a legal holiday for the tolling of grievances, formal pleadings, hearings and procedural deadlines. Tolling further extended through May 10. (April 24 Notice).

  • Rule 1:21-10(b):
    Relaxed and supplemented to allow temporary authorization for non-NJ attorneys to provide pro bono legal services under the supervision of a licensed NJ attorney. (May 7 Notice).

  • Rule 1:24:
    Permits law school graduates to practice law under certain conditions and with supervision. (April 24 Notice)(May 28 Notice).

  • Rule 1:24-1:
    Relaxed to extend deadline for applying for the July 2020 bar exam until April 30 with no late fee. (March 27 Notice).

  • Rule 1:32-2A(a):
    The Judiciary Electronic Document Submission (JEDS) system is an approved electronic filing system for the trial divisions in Superior Court and in the Tax Court. (May 11 Notice) .

  • Rule 1:32-2A(c):
    Relaxed and supplemented to permit electronic signatures for all filing processes in place during the COVID-19 crisis. (March 27 Notice) (April 24 Notice) (May 15 Notice) (May 28 Notice).

  • Rule 1:41-3:
    Relaxed and supplemented so as to toll the time requirements for newly appointed noncertified municipal court directors, administrator and deputy administrators to receive conditional accreditation and full accreditation. (April 10 Notice).

  • Rule 1:42/Reg. 201:8:
    Board on CLE regulation live classroom requirement relaxed to allow all 24 CLE credits due during a reporting period to be taken online. (March 10 Notice).

  • Rule 3:5:
    Relaxed to temporarily remove the requirement that applications for search warrants and data warrants be delivered in person. (Directive #10-20) (May 28 Notice).

  • Rule 3:5-3:
    Relaxed to temporarily remove the requirement that the executed warrant be returned to the judge. The county prosecutor will retain the executed search warrant and provide information to the defendant. (Directive #10-20) (May 28 Notice).

  • Rule 3:5-5:
    Relaxed to temporarily remove the requirement that the return of an executed warrant and any inventory be delivered to the issuing judge. The county prosecutor will be responsible for inventory. (Directive #10-20) (May 28 Notice).

  • Rule 3:5-6:
    Relaxed to temporarily remove the requirement that the issuing judge fil documents with the criminal division manager’s office or the wiretap judge. (Directive #10-20) (May 28 Notice).

  • Rule 3:6:
    Relaxed and supplemented to enable a remote grand jury pilot program. (May 14 Notice) (May 28 Notice) .

  • Rule 3:6-3(a):
    Hearings to determine potential bias for grand jurors will be held remotely (May 14 Notice)(May 28 Notice).

  • Rule 3:6-3(b):
    Grand jury charge supplemented to accommodate remote grand jury proceedings. (May 14 Notice)(May 28 Notice).

  • Rule 4:4-1:
    Supplemented to extend the deadline for an issuance of a summons after a Track Assignment Notice from within 15 days to within 60 days for the time period between March 16 and April 26 (March 27 Notice) and from within 15 days to within 30 days for the time period between April 27 and May 31. (April 24 Notice) .

  • Rule 4:4-4(a)(7):
    Relaxed and supplemented to permit electronic service of process by email on the State of NJ. (April 9 Notice)(May 28 Notice).

  • Rule 4:14:
    Extend time period for discovery (March 27 Notice). Extension concluded on May 10 (April 24 Notice).

  • Rule 4:15:
    Extend time period for discovery (March 27 Notice). Extension concluded on May 10 (April 24 Notice).

  • Rule 4:17:
    Extend time period for discovery (March 27 Notice). Extension concluded on May 10 (April 24 Notice).

  • Rule 4:18:
    Extend time period for discovery (March 27 Notice). Extension concluded on May 10 (April 24 Notice).

  • Rule 4:19:
    Discovery deadlines involving physical or mental examinations of persons shall be extended from March 15 through April 26 (March 27 Notice ); from April 27 through May 31 (April 24 Notice); and from May 31 through June 14 (May 28 Notice).

  • Rule 4:21A-1(d):
    Relaxed and supplemented to permit the extension of arbitration timeframes. (March 19 Notice); (April 24 Notice).

  • Rule 4:21A-4(d):
    Relaxed and supplemented to authorize arbitration proceedings to be conducted in a location other than the courthouse. (March 19 Notice); (April 24 Notice).

  • Rule 4:22:
    Extend time period for requests for admission through April 26 (March 27 Notice). Extension concluded on May 10 (April 24 Notice).

  • Rules 4:24-l(a):
    Relaxed and supplemented to permit the extension of discovery deadlines (March 17 Notice) from March 27 through April 26 (March 27 Notice) and from April 27 through May 10, 2020. (April 24 Notice).

  • Rule 4:24-l(c):
    Relaxed and supplemented to permit the extension of discovery deadlines (March 17 Notice) from March 17 through April 26 (March 27 Notice and from April 27 through May 10, 2020. (April 24 Notice) .

  • Rule 4:36-3:
    Relaxed and supplemented to permit the extension of discovery timelines. (March 17 Notice) from March 17 through April 26 (March 27 Notice and from April 27 through May 10, 2020. (April 24 Notice) .

  • Rule 4:46-1:
    Relaxed and supplemented to permit the extension of discovery deadlines for the additional period from April 27 through May 10, 2020; (April 24 Notice).

  • Rule 4:74-7(c)(1):
    This rule was invoked in order to adjourn civil commitments. (March 17 Notice); (March 27 Notice); (April 24 Notice) .

  • Rule 4:74-7A(b)(2):
    This rule was invoked in order to permit adjournments of civil commitment proceedings for adults and for minors based on the exceptional circumstances of COVID-19. (March 17 Notice); (March 27 Notice); (April 24 Notice).

  • Rule 4:86:
    Relaxed and supplemented. Hearings will proceed using remote options only (April 9 Notice); (April 24 Notice).

  • Rule 5:5-1(e):
    Relaxed and supplemented to permit additional extension of additional discovery deadlines through April 26 (March 27 Notice). Extended through May 10 (April 24 Notice) .

  • Rule 5:5-5:
    Relaxed and supplement to permit the extension of matrimonial ESP timeframes; and to allow submissions to be sent directly to the panelists. (March 19 Notice); (March 27 Notice); (April 24 Notice) .

  • Rule 5:5-6:
    Relaxed and supplemented to allow post-ESP events to proceed without the simultaneous entry of a court order. (March 19 Notice); (March 27 Notice); (April 24 Notice).

  • Rule 6:4-3:
    Extend time period for discovery in Special Civil Part matters (March 27 Notice). Extension concluded on May 10 (April 24 Notice).

  • Rule 7:6-3:
    Relaxed and supplemented to remove the “undue hardship” requirement for allowing pleas by mail in the municipal courts. (March 16 Notice).

  • Rule 7:12-3:
    Relaxed and supplemented to remove the “undue hardship” requirement for allowing please by mail in the municipal courts. (March 16 Notice).

  • Rule 7:12-4:
    A new Violations Bureau Schedule was issued pursuant to this rule. (May 15 Notice) .

  • Rule 8:4-1(b):
    Extends filing deadlines until 30 days after State of Emergency in Executive Order No. 103 has ended. (March 19 Notice).

  • Rule 8:4-1(a)(4):
    Extends filing deadlines until 30 days after State of Emergency in Executive Order No. 103 has ended. (March 19 Notice).

  • Rule 8:4-1(a)(5):
    Extends filing deadlines until 30 days after State of Emergency in Executive Order No. 103 has ended. (April 21 Notice).

  • Rule 8:4-3(a):
    Extends filing deadlines until 30 days after State of Emergency in Executive Order No. 103 has ended. (March 19 Notice); (April 21 Notice).

  • Rule 8:4-3(b):
    Extends filing deadlines until 30 days after State of Emergency in Executive Order No. 103 has ended. (March 19 Notice); (April 21 Notice).


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