NJ courts preparing for surge in pandemic eviction cases

New Jersey’s court system is preparing for an onslaught of pandemic eviction cases. About 200,000 new filings are expected by the end of this year, according to a new report released by a special committee at the state Supreme Court. Currently 50,000 cases are pending.

According to the report, both tenants and landlords are at financial risk once the governor lifts the pandemic-related moratorium on residential evictions. To prepare for this, the committee wants the state to hire and train legal specialists, connect renters with financial help, and create a streamlined process to settle cases. Eighteen recommendations are outlined in the 69-page report.

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