Voluntary Jury Waiver and Those Incarcerated During COVID-19

State v. Shtabnoy Appellate Docket No.: A-1716-19 Decided July 8, 2021 Submitted by New Jersey Criminal Lawyer, Jeffrey Hark In a recent unpublished opinion, the Appellate Division of New Jersey reviewed whether a defendant’s conviction from a bench trial was a result of an improper jury waiver. In State v. Shtabnoy, on February 5, 2019, a…

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SUPREME COURT OF NEW JERSEY ISSUES ITS TENTH COVID-19 OMNIBUS ORDER

February 17, 2021 Submitted by New Jersey Criminal Lawyer, Jeffrey Hark. The Supreme Court of New Jersey has issued its tenth Omnibus Order in light of COVID-19.  The Order essentially covers excludable time for incarcerated defendants as well as continue provisions from previous Orders. The Tenth Omnibus Order provides for the following excludable time: For those…

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New Jersey halts in-person trials, grand jury proceedings due to COVID-19 surge

Submitted by New Jersey Criminal Lawyer, Jeffrey Hark. The New Jersey Supreme Court on Monday suspended all in-person trials and grand jury proceedings due to a surge in COVID-19 cases. The order handed down by Chief Justice Stuart Rabner is effective immediately. It’s the second time this year that the pandemic has halted in-person trials…

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GRAND JURIES TO RESUME, EXCLUDABLE TIME, AND DISCOVERY MODIFICATIONS FOR CRIMINAL DEFENDANTS IN LIGHT OF COVID-19

October 8, 2020 Submitted by New Jersey Criminal Lawyer, Jeffrey Hark. The Supreme Court of New Jersey has issued its Ninth Omnibus Order on Court Operations and Legal Practice during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  The updated provisions are as follows: Reinforcing that grand juries will be selected virtually, and confirming that before December 1, 2020 all…

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