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The Honorable James P. Flannery, Jr., Presiding Judge of the Law Division, recently issued General Administrative Order 21-2 announcing that court proceedings may be conducted in person, remotely or in a hybrid of the two.  Conducting proceedings with all persons physically present is preferred, but judges have discretion to conduct proceedings remotely.  

All jury trial dates originally set from March 17, 2020 through March 31, 2022 are converted to trial setting dates. As soon as September 20, 2021, the jury trial setting call shall resume.  The court will begin the jury trial setting process with pending cases originally set for trial on or after March 17, 2020, and then proceed chronologically based on original trial dates.

Motions to advance trial dates will be reviewed and a determination made based on the age of a party, financial hardship or extending and improving quality of life and medical care for the seriously ill.  

Jury trials will be conducted at the discretion of the trial judge.  Non-jury cases may proceed to trial at the discretion of the assigned judge.

All case management and status court dates will proceed at the discretion of the assigned judge. 

If you have questions about how this Order may affect your court cases, please contact the Johnson & Bell attorney with whom you regularly work.