A Criminal Justice Reform Act Case for the Supreme Court in September

The Supreme Court announced today that it has granted review in State v. Newman.  The question presented, as phrased by the Supreme Court Clerk’s Office, is “Did the trial court err in granting the State’s motion for pretrial detention, pursuant to the Criminal Justice Reform Act, N.J.S.A. 2A:162-15 to -26; and, if so, did the appellate panel properly establish conditions for defendant’s release in reversing that order?”  The language of the question presented essentially conveys what happened in the two courts below.

The Court has scheduled oral argument in this case for September 11 or 12, the first sitting of the 2017-18 Term.  Any amicus briefs are due by June 19, a shorter time than the normal rules governing amicus filings provides.  Plainly, the Court considers this an especially important appeal, and the matter has been put on an accelerated schedule.

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