In re Adoption of a Child by J.E.V. and D.G.V., 226 N.J. 90 (2016).  In this unanimous opinion, authored by Chief Justice Rabner, the Supreme Court ruled that an indigent parent who faces the termination of her parental rights in a private adoption proceeding has a right to appointed counsel under the due process guarantee of Article I, section 1 of the New Jersey Constitution.  The Court affirmed the ruling of the Appellate Division below, which had reversed the

Rodriguez v. Raymours Furniture Co., Inc., 225 N.J. 343 (2016).  Plaintiff became employed by defendant, who is better known to the public as Raymour & Flanigan.  The employment application that he signed contained a clause that said “I agree that any claim or lawsuit relating to my service with Raymour & Flanigan must be filed no more than six (6) months after the date of the employment action that is the subject of the claim or lawsuit.  I waive any st

State v. Bueso, 225 N.J. 193 (2016).  Today, the Supreme Court addressed the issue of how a trial court should evaluate the competency of a child witness to testify.  The child in question, M.C., was a seven-year old girl who alleged that, at age five, she had been sexually molested by defendant, who was the boyfriend of M.C.’s cousin, a cousin who occasionally babysat M.C.  Without objection by defendant, M.C. testified at defendant’s trial.  Defendant was convicted of aggravated