ASSEMBLY, No. 4428

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

217th LEGISLATURE

INTRODUCED DECEMBER 12, 2016

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman  VINCENT PRIETO

District 32 (Bergen and Hudson)

Assemblyman  JOHN F. MCKEON

District 27 (Essex and Morris)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Increases number of Superior Court judgeships to support implementation of constitutional and statutory criminal justice reform, including new pretrial release and detention proceedings, and speedy trial rights; appropriates $9.3 million.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

 


An Act increasing the number of Superior Court judgeships to support the criminal justice reform established by the 2014 amendment to Article I, paragraph 11 of the New Jersey Constitution and sections 1 through 11 of P.L.2014, c.31 (C.2A:162-15 et seq.), amending N.J.S.2B:2-1, and making an appropriation.

 

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

 

     1.  N.J.S.2B:2-1 is amended to read as follows:

     2B:2-1.  Number of Judges.

     a.     The Superior Court shall consist of [443] 463 judges.

     b. (1) The Superior Court shall at all times consist of the following number of judges, who at the time of their appointment and reappointment were resident of each county:

                                    Atlantic                       11

                                    Bergen                         28

                                    Burlington                   10

                                    Camden                       16

                                    Cape May                    4

                                    Cumberland                7

                                    Essex                           34

                                    Gloucester                   11

                                    Hudson                       24

                                    Hunterdon                   3

                                    Mercer                         9

                                    Middlesex                   24

                                    Monmouth                  18

                                    Morris                          16

                                    Ocean                          15

                                    Passaic             17

                                    Salem                          3

                                    Somerset                     6

                                    Sussex                         4

                                    Union                          20

                                    Warren                        3

     (2)   Additionally, the following number of those judges of the Superior Court satisfying the residency requirements set forth above shall at all times sit in the county in which they reside:

                                    Atlantic                       4

                                    Bergen                         12

                                    Burlington                   4

                                    Camden                       8

                                    Cape May                    2

                                    Cumberland                4

                                    Essex                           14

                                    Gloucester                   6

                                    Hudson                       6

                                    Hunterdon                   2

                                    Mercer                         6

                                    Middlesex                   8

                                    Monmouth                  4

                                    Morris                          6

                                    Ocean                          8

                                    Passaic             6

                                    Salem                          2

                                    Somerset                     4

                                    Sussex                         2

                                    Union                          6

                                    Warren                        2

(cf: P.L.2008, c.26, s.1)

 

     2.  There is appropriated from the General Fund to the Judiciary $9,300,000 for costs associated with the additional Superior Court judgeships established by this act.

 

     3.  This act shall take effect on July 1, 2017.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill would create 20 additional Superior Court judgeships to support implementation of the constitutional and statutory criminal justice reform established by the 2014 amendment to Article I, paragraph 11 of the New Jersey Constitution and sections 1 through 11 of P.L.2014, c.31 (C.2A:162-15 et seq.).  This reform, which begins January 1, 2017, includes new pretrial release and detention proceedings, and speedy trial rights.

     In support of the 20 additional judgeships, the bill would appropriate $9.3 million to the Judiciary from the State’s General Fund.  The bill would take effect on July 1, 2017, the first day of the State’s next fiscal year.