[First Reprint]

SENATE, No. 1526







Sponsored by:

Senator  NIA H. GILL

District 34 (Essex and Passaic)


Co-Sponsored by:

Senator Ruiz






     Includes midwives within definition of “licensed person” for purposes of affidavits of merit in certain actions filed on or after effective date.



     As reported by the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 23, 2010, with amendments.


An Act concerning certain causes of action for negligence or malpractice and amending P.L.1995, c.139.


     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:


     1.    Section 1 of P.L.1995, c.139 (C.2A:53A-26) is amended to read as follows:

     1.    As used in this act, "licensed person" means any person who is licensed as:

     a.     an accountant pursuant to [P.L.1977, c.144 (C.45:2B-1 et seq.)] P.L.1997, c.259 (C.45:2B-42 et seq.);

     b.    an architect pursuant to R.S.45:3-1 et seq.;

     c.     an attorney admitted to practice law in New Jersey;

     d.    a dentist pursuant to R.S.45:6-1 et seq.;

     e.     an engineer pursuant to P.L.1938, c.342 (C.45:8-27 et seq.);

     f.     a physician in the practice of medicine or surgery pursuant to R.S.45:9-1 et seq.;

     g.     a podiatrist pursuant to R.S.45:5-1 et seq.;

     h.     a chiropractor pursuant to P.L.1989, c.153 (C.45:9-41.17 et seq.);

     i.      a registered professional nurse pursuant to P.L.1947, c.262 (C.45:11-23 et seq.);

     j.     a health care facility as defined in section 2 of P.L.1971, c.136 (C.26:2H-2);

     k.    a physical therapist pursuant to P.L.1983, c.296 (C.45:9-37.11 et seq.);

     l.      a land surveyor pursuant to P.L.1938, c.342 (C.45:8-27 et seq.);

     m.    a registered pharmacist pursuant to [R.S.45:14-1 et seq.] P.L.2003, c.280 (C.45:14-40 et seq.);

     n.     a veterinarian pursuant to R.S.45:16-1 et seq.; [and]

     o.    an insurance producer pursuant to [P.L.1987, c.293 (C.17:22A-1 et seq.)] P.L.2001, c.210 (C.17:22A-26 et seq.); and

     p.    a 1certified1 midwife 1, certified professional midwife, or certified nurse midwife1  pursuant to R.S.45:10-1 et seq.

(cf:  P.L.2001, c.372, s.1)


     2.    This act shall take effect on the 30th day next following enactment and apply to causes of action filed on or after that date.