State v. Lopez-Carrera

In State v. Lopez-Carerra, the New Jersey Supreme Court granted leave to appeal from the Appellate Division’s ruling in State v. Molchor, 464 N.J. Super. 274 (App. Div. 2020). In Molchor, the Appellate Division held that the Criminal Justice Reform Act, N.J.S.A. 2A:162-15 to -26, does not permit a judge presiding over a detention hearing from ordering … Read more

In re Request to Release Certain Pretrial Detainees

In re Request to Release Certain Pretrial Detainees was an Order to Show Cause, which raised questions about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the suspension of in-person criminal jury trials on defendants who have been detained pretrial. The Supreme Court held that N.J.S.A. 2A:162-19(f) offers a path for potential relief under the present … Read more

State v. Paul

In State v. Paul, the defendant, appealed to the trial court’s denial of his motion to relax his pre-trial release conditions. The Appellate Division held that pre-trial discovery, which has reduced the weight of the evidence against the defendant, may constitute “changed circumstances” under Rule 3:26-2(c)(2). Furthermore, a defendant’s compliance with restrictive conditions over an … Read more