Contrary to What Most People have been lead to believe, the Courts in New Jersey are open, and legal proceedings can be started or continued!
The New Jersey Website, N.J. E-Courts, where electronic filing is done, has the following notice on its website:
"As of March 18, 2020 and until further notice, there are no in-person Superior Court and Tax Court proceedings (except for extremely limited emergent matters and certain ongoing trials). As many matters as possible (including case management conferences, motions, and hearings) will be handled by telephone or video conference. This is part of the Judiciary’s social distancing efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. Contact the court if you have questions about a scheduled hearing, motion, conference, or other matter".
For the New Jersey Bankruptcy Court, for the District of New Jersey, the Chief Judge of the Court, the Honorable Kathryn C. Ferguson on April 6, 2020, issued an Amended General Order Regarding Court Operations Under the Exigent Circumstances Created by the Coronavirus (Covid 19) stated among other things that:
1. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey will remain open.
2. All deadlines will be extended, however filings will continue to be made through CM/ECF
3. All though not specifically stated in this Amended General Order, All Court Trustees can either accommodate request for adjournments and allows the Trustees to have 341(a) hearings and other matters through an electronic video conferencing service.
4. Unless there are requests for telephonic oral arguments, all motions will be decided on the papers.
5. This Order will expire April 30, 2020.
For a copy of the Complete Copy of this Amended General Order and the Original Orders, please contact the law offices of Boyer Coffy, LLC and provide your complete contact information, including your name, phone number and e-mail address and we will send them to you.