Pretrial Detention

TRENTON, N.J. — Defendants who have been in pretrial detention for at least six months and meet certain requirements have the right to reopen their detention hearings, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled in a dispute brought by the Office of the Public Defender and the ACLU relating to the impact of Covid-19 and the suspension of in-person criminal jury trials. The court directed trial judges to conduct the reopened hearings “on an expedited basis.”

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