How ‘historic’ judge shortage could overwhelm state’s judicial system

Briana Vannozzi, Anchor | May 11, 2021 | Law

For months we’ve been reporting about the growing concern over a potential tsunami of court cases as the pandemic lifts. With criminal jury trials expected to restart and the moratorium on foreclosures and evictions expected to be lifted, a massive surge in filings by landlords and lenders is likely to follow.

But the state is experiencing a historic shortage of court judges, with 67 judicial vacancies as of the beginning of May. The timing couldn’t be worse, according to Anthony Anastasio. President of the New Jersey Civil Justice Institute. He’s calling on Gov. Phil Murphy and the Legislature to make filling those judicial vacancies a priority.

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