Without in-person proceedings, many NJ court cases remain stalled

One year after COVID-19 put the world on pause, and despite technology being used to keep New Jersey’s court proceedings rolling, certain cases remain stalled, notably those involving in-person criminal jury trials.

It’s the kind of work that cannot be done virtually, according to court officials. The longer it takes to get back up and running, the longer thousands of defendants sit in jail awaiting their trial.

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