Recently in this column, I put forward the proposition that Municipal Courts, as we have come to know them, have changed dramatically with Covid and common internet use and that these changes would permanently affect the very nature of how these courts operate going forward.
During a normal session, most New Jersey municipal courts are bustling places.
Judges whirl through cases at something approaching auctioneer speed.
Seemingly, in a puff, the New Jersey Municipal Court system came crashing down as a result of a confluence of events. Taken by themselves, these events had little to do with the ministrations of the Courts.
As the Coronavirus pandemic seemingly winds down, New Jersey Municipal courts are starting to ramp up activity if only on a limited basis.
December 1, 2019 marked the date that sentencing provisions for most DWI offenses changed. These changes eliminated the penalty of drivers’ license suspension in favor of Interlock installation for most first and second DWI offenses.
Read about new laws that will impact DWI trials.
No matter how disconcerting it may be, it is time for change in our Municipal Court system
Listen to this interesting discourse on how our NJ courts should deal with motor vehicle offenses where substance issues are involved, how people are impacted by present laws and what municipal courts should be doing in the future.
Momentum is growing for the creation of a new DWI offense that will make third and subsequent DWI offenses, fourth degree crimes. by Peter Lederman, Esq. Historically, all DWI offenses have been considered motor vehicle violations rather than criminal violations. Obviously, motor vehicle violations are much less serious than what are considered criminal offenses. The […]