Supreme Court of New Jersey Decisions

The New Jersey Supreme Court consists of seven justices. While it was originally founded in 1776 during the American Revolution, it did not take a clear form until the New Jersey Constitution of 1844. In contrast to many other state supreme courts, it does not hold original jurisdiction over any legal matters. The Court may review an appeal from a lower court in a case involving the death penalty, a constitutional question, redistricting, or a dissent by an appellate justice. Also, it may review an appeal of a decision for which it has granted certification. In addition to its legal authority, the Court holds limited political authority. It will review and finalize a decision by the New Jersey Redistricting Commission on redistricting congressional districts if the Commission cannot reach a decision.

The Governor of New Jersey nominates candidates to serve on the Supreme Court. The New Jersey State Senate then must decide whether to confirm the nominee one week after the Governor issues a public notice of the nomination. Each justice will serve an initial seven-year term, after which the Governor will decide whether to grant indefinite tenure. The justices must be balanced between the political parties, such that neither party has an advantage of more than one seat. To qualify to serve on the Supreme Court, a candidate must have been admitted to practice law in New Jersey for at least 10 years. This is the same requirement as for Superior Court judges.

A justice may be removed from the New Jersey Supreme Court upon being impeached by the New Jersey General Assembly and convicted by the New Jersey Senate. Alternatively, the Supreme Court may inform the Governor that a justice has become incapacitated. A three-person commission will determine whether the justice should be removed on that basis.

Browse Opinions From the Supreme Court of New Jersey

Recent Decisions From the Supreme Court of New Jersey
Padilla v. Young Il An  
Date: June 13, 2024
Docket Number: A-43-22

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Alejandra Padilla, who tripped, fell, and suffered serious injuries while walking on a public sidewalk abutting a vacant commercial lot in Camden, New Jersey. The lot was owned by Young Il An and Myo…

Boyle v. Huff  
Date: May 30, 2024
Docket Number: A-42-22

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around a dispute between Patrick Boyle, a trustee and unit owner of the Ocean Club Condominium (OC Condominium), and the Ocean Club Condominium Association (Association). After a disagreement over the…

New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency v. J.C. and K.C.  
Date: May 29, 2024
Docket Number: A-8-23

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves a mother, J.C. (Jan), who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder with psychotic features. The New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency (the Division) became involved with Jan and her family…

In re Protest of Contract for Retail Pharmacy Design, Construction, Start-Up and Operation, Request for Proposal No. UH-P20-006  
Date: May 23, 2024
Docket Number: A-58/59-22

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around the University Hospital's decision to award a contract for the design, construction, and operation of an on-site pharmacy to a bidder other than Sumukha LLC. Sumukha challenged the decision, but…

Seago v. Board of Trustees, Teachers' Pension and Annuity Fund  
Date: May 22, 2024
Docket Number: A-9-23

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around Susan Seago, a former paraprofessional who became a teacher in 2017. As a paraprofessional, she was a member of the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS), but upon becoming a teacher, she…

New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency v. B.P.  
Date: May 21, 2024
Docket Number: A-56-22

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves a mother, Beth, who gave birth to a child, Mia, in June 2020. Both mother and child tested positive for marijuana at the hospital. Beth was discharged from the hospital two days after delivery, but Mia…

Maia v. IEW Construction Group  
Date: May 15, 2024
Docket Number: A-3-23

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves plaintiffs Christopher Maia and Sean Howarth, who were employed as laborers for defendant IEW Construction Group. The company required them to perform “pre-shift” and “post-shift” work, for which they…

Goyco v. Progressive Insurance Company  
Date: May 14, 2024
Docket Number: A-12-23

Justia Opinion Summary: In November 2021, David Goyco was struck and injured by an automobile while operating a low-speed electric scooter (LSES). Goyco filed a claim for personal injury protection (PIP) benefits under his personal automobile…

Kennedy v. Weichert Co.  
Date: May 13, 2024
Docket Number: A-48/49-22

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around a dispute between a real estate salesperson, James Kennedy II, and a real estate broker, Weichert Co. Kennedy worked for Weichert from 2012 to 2018 under two written agreements that identified…

State of New Jersey v. Higginbotham  
Date: May 8, 2024
Docket Number: A-57-22

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around Andrew Higginbotham, who was charged with sixteen counts of endangering the welfare of a child under a specific subsection of New Jersey law. This law makes it a crime to depict a child in a…

Christine Savage v. Township of Neptune  
Date: May 7, 2024
Docket Number: A-2-23

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Christine Savage, a police officer who filed a lawsuit against the Neptune Township Police Department and others for sexual harassment, sex discrimination, and retaliation. The parties entered into a…

Usachenok v. State of New Jersey Department of the Treasury  
Date: May 6, 2024
Docket Number: A-40-22

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around Viktoriya Usachenok, an employee of the Department of Treasury, who filed an internal complaint alleging sexual harassment and a hostile work environment created by her supervisor. As part of the…

C.R. v. M. T.  
Date: April 22, 2024
Docket Number: A-47-22

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves a plaintiff, referred to as "Clara," who alleged that she was sexually assaulted by the defendant, referred to as "Martin," in June 2018. Following the incident, Clara applied for a temporary protective…

American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey v. County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey  
Date: April 17, 2024
Docket Number: A-33-22

Justia Opinion Summary: The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey (ACLU) sought to obtain records from the County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey (CPANJ), a nonprofit association whose members are the twenty-one county prosecutors.…

Comprehensive Neurosurgical, P.C. v. The Valley Hospital  
Date: April 16, 2024
Docket Number: A-52-22

Justia Opinion Summary: A group of neurosurgeons and their practice group, Comprehensive Neurosurgical, P.C., sued The Valley Hospital after the hospital granted another group of neurosurgeons exclusive privileges in areas where the plaintiffs…

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