New Jersey Court Records
Due to the increasing capabilities of online storage and data retrieval, many court records for the state of New Jersey can be found online without the time and energy spent tracking down documents in person. The Internet provides access to law professionals as well as the public for accessibility to historical case decisions, records for personal law research and education, vital records and can even help the searcher find genealogy materials.
There are multiple levels of courts providing records in the state of New Jersey. These include the Supreme Court, Superior Court, Tax Court and Municipal Courts.
History of New Jersey Court Records
Court records in New Jersey date back to the original minutes at District Court’s first location in New Brunswick on December 22, 1789. It was later in 1869 that a separate justice for each district was either elected or appointed and given the same power as Supreme Court justices in their respective jurisdiction. In 1891 the Court of Appeals was established to relieve the caseload for the Supreme Court.
The Historical Society of New Jersey proudly celebrates the long history of its judiciary traditions as do the many law libraries in the state.
New Jersey Court Records Availability
Rutgers Law School in Camden has maintained court opinions of the Supreme Court, Appellate Division and Tax Court of New Jersey for over three decades. Online New Jersey court records queries can be specified by docket, name, or judgment. Available records include criminal and civil cases from multiple levels of the judiciary system.
Additionally, recent unpublished trial court decisions are made available via the New Jersey Judiciary for six weeks after the trial is completed. The unpublished Appellate opinions can be found for ten days after the ruling from the aforementioned source.
Main Court Information
New Jersey is similar to many other places nationally where the Supreme Court is the court of last resort in the state. It is up to the Supreme Court to uphold constitutional law, act as an authority for disciplinary action regarding law professionals, and to review appeals made from lower courts of the state.
The Superior Court of New Jersey is the state’s intermediate appellate court. There are 32 justices serving on the Superior Court and typically form panels of 2 to 4 judges for specific cases. These cases may come from tax courts, trial courts, or the administrative agencies of the state.
The 21 Municipal Courts in New Jersey have limited jurisdiction and preside over criminal and civil cases of less severity such as traffic and motor vehicle violations, misdemeanors, and municipal ordinance violations.
The Appellate Division of the Superior Court decides in the region of 6,500 appeals and nearly 10,000 motions annually. The Supreme Court had 910 filings in 2011 and 934 dispositions the same year.
New Jersey Court Structure
New Jersey Court StatisticsNew Jersey Courts receive 7,165,516 filings per year. In 2012, the court received 7,345,329 filings and gave 7,321,127 dispositions. In 2016, the state court caseload counted 6,963,508 filings and had 6,898,969 outgoing cases.
Family Court CasesDomestic relations caseload of New Jersey at year end of 2016 has decreased by 11.7% compared to the last 5 years, in 2012 the number of incoming cases have been 279,888 with a rate of 3,157 cases per 100000 population, lower than it’s in 2016.
Domestic Relations Clearance Rates
States with More & Less Domestic Relation Caseloads than New Jersey
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New Jersey Criminal CaseloadsThe number of criminal cases in New Jersey counts 753,691 with 239,497 felony cases and 513,560 misdemeanors accordingly.
State Civil Caseload & Clearance RatesIn the last 5 years the number of civil cases has decreased by 79,135 cases, it went from 835,898 to 756,763 with clearance rates of 102% and 103% accordingly.
Small Claims Caseloads & Rates
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New Jersey Court Locations
State Court Holidays
|New Year's Day||Monday, January 1, 2018|
|Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Civil Rights Day)||Monday, January 15, 2018|
|Washington's Birthday||Monday, February 19, 2018|
|Good Friday||Friday, March 30, 2018|
|Memorial Day||Monday, May 28, 2018|
|Independence Day||Wednesday, July 4, 2018|
|Labor Day||Monday, September 3, 2018|
|Columbus Day||Monday, October 8, 2018|
|Election Day||Tuesday, November 6, 2018|
|Veterans Day (Observed)||Monday, November 12, 2018|
|Thanksgiving Day||Thursday, November 22, 2018|
|Day after Thanksgiving||Friday, November 23, 2018|
|Christmas Day||Tuesday, December 25, 2018|
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