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New Jersey Court Decisions

A diagram of the state court system (called a “Court Structure Chart” and including a summary of each court’s jurisdiction) is available on the web site of the National Center for State Courts.

    Additional Resources
    New Jersey Supreme Court and Appellate Court opinions … [New Jersey Judiciary] — Only the current week’s (or most recent) opinions are available here.
    New Jersey Courts Search Page … [Rutgers Univ. Newark Sch. of Law] — “This is a full-text archive of the Opinions of the New Jersey Courts, including the Supreme Court, from March, 1994 to date, the Superior Court Appellate Division and the Tax Court from September, 1995 to date.”


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New Jersey Constitution and Legislation

See also a database of statewide ballot measures maintained by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

  1. Constitution (N.J. Const.)

  2. Bills
    Bills are not directly accessible because of a design flaw in the New Jersey Legislature’s web site. Go to that site and navigate to bills of interest. (A JavaScript-enabled browser is required.)

  3. Laws of New Jersey (N.J. Laws)

    SessionChapter
      
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    This form accesses a database of chaptered laws. It is maintained by the legislature. If an invalid chapter number is entered, an error is returned.

  4. New Jersey Statutes (N.J. Stat.)
    NOTE: Navigating in the on-line version of the New Jersey Statutes is laborious. The title-level view of the table of contents can be expanded only to a section-level view (that is, no headings are shown for chapters and articles), and references in section texts to “this act” or “this article” or “this chapter” often cannot be related to specific sections because section numbering can run continuously without any clue as to where one article or chapter ends and the next begins. (Moreover, by some strange electronic witchcraft, a user’s browser can become fixated on one particular table-of-contents view of the database, and the user will then be unable to see, thus unable to drill down through, certain sections in the table-of-contents view. It is not apparent why this happens or what can be done about it.) Complaints can be sent to the legislature’s webmaster.

    Additional Resources
    Legislative Histories (from 1998) … [New Jersey State Library] — Legislative histories, including final texts of bills (in PDF files), for chapter laws, starting with 1998 laws (but missing information for some of the laws).


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New Jersey Rules of Procedure and Practice

  1. Court Rules ♦ Rules of Procedure
  2. Rules of Practice ♦ Judicial Rules ♦ Professional Ethics Decisions


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New Jersey Administrative Law Sources

See also a page of links to sources of rules, maintained by the Administrative Codes and Registers Section of the National Association of Secretaries of State.
  1. Regulations
    Note—The New Jersey Administrative Code (N.J. Admin. Code) and New Jersey Register (N.J. Reg.) are not freely available on the internet. Links to selected regulations are posted on a site maintained at Rutgers Law School Library in Newark.

  2. Opinions ♦ Decisions ♦ Orders ♦ Rulings

    Note: New Jersey Administrative Law Decisions [from 1997] linked here can be searched but cannot be browsed. The second series of New Jersey Administrative Reports (N.J.A.R.2d) [1991–1997] is not yet available on-line.


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New Jersey Ordinances and Home-Rule Charters

Ordinances are local laws, commonly organized into codes, that have been enacted by municipalities — cities, towns, etc. — and counties. Charters are organic laws (similar in function to a constitution) of those local government entities for which “home rule” is authorized by state law. For local laws not found through the links given here, try the county web sites and municipality web sites at “State and Local Government on the Net” by Piper Resources, or a publisher’s web site:
  • American Legal Publishing Corp.
  • Coded Systems Corp.
  • General Code, LLC
  • Municipal Code Corp.
    1. Charters
      Note that a charter could be included in a collection of ordinances (see below) instead of being separately accessible.
    2. County Ordinances
        
      Click on the button keyed to the name of the county. NOTE: On some web sites, selecting the state is necessary for access to the ordinances link.
    3. Municipal Ordinances
           
      Click on the button keyed to the name of the municipality. NOTE: On some web sites, selecting the state is necessary for access to the ordinances link.


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    New Jersey Law-Related Periodicals

    Periodicals providing on-line articles are linked here. See also links to all New Jersey law-review web sites as well as links to web sites of all U.S.-published law reviews and periodicals.

    1. Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion (Rutgers J. L. & Religion)

    2. Rutgers Law Journal (Rutgers L.J.)

    3. Rutgers Law Record (Rutgers L. Rec.)

    4. Rutgers Law Review (Rutgers L. Rev.)


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    Other New Jersey Commentary

    1. Guide to Doing Business in the State of New Jersey. Day Pitney LLP. … [Lex Mundi]


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    New Jersey Law-Related Topical Web Sites



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    New Jersey Court Information

    See also an overview of the New Jersey court system; and see links to state court web sites, maintained by the National Center for State Courts. Additionally, see Judgepedia, a Wikipedia-style web site, self-described as “an encyclopedia about judges and courts,” which is maintained by the Sam Adams Alliance (Illinois).
    1. Web Sites


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    New Jersey Forms

    1. Court Forms: Appellate Division Forms

    2. Forms of Jury Instructions: CivilCriminal

    3. Government Agencies’ Forms
    4. Consumer Affairs Division — Complaint Forms
    5. Taxation Division — Tax Forms
    6. Business Entity Forms … [Paracorp, Inc. (Cal.)] — Convenient interface to view and print in-blank official state forms (in PDF files) for filing by business entities. A JavaScript-enabled browser is required.


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    Other New Jersey Resources

    1. Government-Related Web Sites

      See also the Piper Resources list of sites.
    2. Additional Resources
      ¶ Vital Records — Contact Information … [Elizabeth Orsay (Ind.)]
      ¶ Workers’ Compensation — Agency Contact and Staff Contact Information … [Robert W. McDowell / North Carolina Industrial Commission]

    3. Bar Associations ♦ Law-Related Organizations

      See the National Federation of Paralegal Associations for links to websites of member organizations.
    4. Law Schools ♦ Admission to Practice ♦ Continuing Legal Education
    5. Consulate General of Canada in New York … Canadian consular services for New Jersey residents.


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    Legal Research and Assistance

    1. Law Libraries

      See also links to web sites of public law libraries and catalogs of academic law libraries, maintained by the library at Washburn University School of Law; and the LibrarySites.Info database of library web sites (“Libcat”).
    2. Bankruptcy Law and Procedures for New Jersey Residents … [Calicchia & Kinast LLP (Ohio)] — This web site, presented by a Cleveland bankruptcy law firm, covers basic information about the bankruptcy process, describes debt consolidation and credit counseling as alternatives to bankruptcy, lists the property that an individual is allowed to keep (with citations to governing provisions of New Jersey law), and gives information about the bankruptcy courts and how to contact bankruptcy attorneys in New Jersey.

    3. Low-Cost Legal Aid … See also the web site for LawHelp.org and the web site for SelfHelpSupport.org.
      1. New Jersey Legal Help for the Poor … [Am. Bar Ass’n] — Contact information for statewide and local legal-aid programs, from the ABA’s Directory of Pro Bono Programs. The ABA also provides a page of links to pro bono programs’ web sites.
      2. WomensLaw.org — Sources of Legal Help … [WomensLaw.org (N.Y.)] — Sources of legal help (not limited to legal help for women) include statewide domestic-violence resources, local domestic-violence resources listed by city or town, free or low-cost legal services, and lawyer referral services.

     

     


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