New Jersey

Effective Date: 1982
State:
New Jersey
Court Type: Appellate
Implementing Authority: Judicial Council
Status: Mandatory
Time Standards: Children in Courts:
(filing to disposition)
100% within 6 months
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Effective Date: 1982; amended December 2005
State:
New Jersey
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Civil
Implementing Authority: Judicial Council
Status: Mandatory
Time Standards:

Civil Track 1:
(filing to disposition)
100% within 12 months  

Civil Track 2: 
(filing to disposition)            
100% within 18 months  

Civil Track 3:
(filing to disposition)            
100% within 24 months  

Civil Track 4: 
(filing to disposition)            
100% within 24 months  

Special: 

Small Claims and Tenancy:
(filing to disposition)            
100% within 2 months  

Auto Negligence, Contract, Forfeiture, Penalty Enforcement, and Other Tort:
(filing to disposition)
100% within 4 months

 

Effective Date: 1982; amended December 2005
State:
New Jersey
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Criminal
Implementing Authority: Judicial Council
Status: Mandatory
Time Standards: Pre-Indictment:
(complaint to pre-indictment disposition)
100% within 2 months  

Post-Indictment:
(indictment or accusation to post-indictment disposition)            
70% within 4 months  

 

 

Effective Date: 1982; amended December 2005
State:
New Jersey
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Domestic
Implementing Authority: Judicial Council
Status: Mandatory
Time Standards: New Dissolution:            
(filing to disposition)            
100% within 12 months  

Reopened Dissolution: 
(reopening to disposition)
100% within 6 months  

Non-Dissolution:
(filing to disposition)           
100% within 3 months

Domestic Violence:
(filing to disposition)            
100% within 1 month
 

Effective Date: 1982; amended December 2005
State:
New Jersey
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Juvenile
Implementing Authority: Judicial Council
Status: Mandatory
Time Standards: Delinquency:
(filing to disposition)            
100% within 3 months

Abuse/Neglect:          
(filing to fact-finding)                       
100% within 4 months for out-of-home placements                       
100% within 6 months for in-home placements 

Child Placement Review:           
(time to permanency hearing - each year)                       
100% within 12 months 

Juvenile/Family Crisis:          
(filing to disposition)                       
100% within 1 month 

Termination of Parental Rights:           
(filing to disposition)                       
100% within 6 months 

Kinship:         
(filing to disposition)                       
100% within 6 months 
 

Effective Date: 1982; amended December 2005
State:
New Jersey
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Misc
Implementing Authority: Judicial Council
Status: Mandatory
Time Standards: Municipal Appeals:         
(filing to disposition)                       
100% within 3 months 

Post-Convicition Relief:           
(filing to disposition)
100% within 3 months

Criminal/Quasi-Criminal/Other:           
(filing to disposition)
100% within 3 months

 

 

Effective Date: 1982; amended December 2005
State:
New Jersey
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Probate
Implementing Authority: Judicial Council
Status: Mandatory
Time Standards: General:
(filing to disposition)            
100% within 12 months  
 

Monitoring Information:

New Jersey documents court performance by county relevant to time standards by producing computer-generated reports with information compiled at statewide levels.

Reports/summaries with time standards are received by the clerk of court, both the presiding trial and appellate judges, the division director, the local court administrator, the AOC staff, the state court administrator, the chief justice, the trial court administrator, administrative personnel, and the judicial council.

Reports/summaries are reviewed monthly and are published in court publications and on the Web site.

Notes:

The judiciary’s judicial council consists of the chief justice, all 15 assignment judges, 4 presiding judges, the acting administrative director, and the deputy administrative director.


New Jersey uses backlog per 100 average monthly filings as its primary backlog statistic. (New Jersey defines backlog cases as those that are older than the time goals; those younger than time goals are considered to be in inventory.) This statistic allows the court to look at backlog while controlling volume. While backlog per 100 average monthly filings has become the primary measure of court timeliness, New Jersey still reports on other traditional measures, including number of cases in backlog, percent change in backlog, and percent of cases in backlog.