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Posted on: January 5, 2024

Regional Court Bill Advances

A-5881, which clarifies the jurisdiction of regional municipal courts, was favorably reported from the Assembly Appropriations Committee on Thursday.  

This bill clarifies the jurisdiction of regional municipal courts established under the pilot program set forth in P.L.2021, c.191 (N.J.S.A.2B:12-34, et seq.). Under the pilot program, a county in cooperation with five or more municipalities can create a regional municipal court operated by the county to consolidate the individual courts of participating municipalities. 

Regional municipal courts will no longer be required to hear State Police or county police cases originating from outside the participating municipalities; but counties may still, by ordinance, confer upon the regional municipal court certain countywide jurisdiction if it chooses to do so. The regional municipal court will retain jurisdiction over currently pending countywide cases, but new cases originating from non-participating municipalities brought after the effective date of the bill will be filed in their municipality of origin. 

S-4040, the Senate companion to this legislation, passed the chamber in December. A-5881 is scheduled to be considered by the Assembly on Monday, January 8 


Contact: Paul Penna, Senior Legislative Analyst, ppenna@njlm.org, 609-695-3481, x110.

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