A crisis in NJ Courts and why you should care.

Judges in NJ are appointed. This requires action on the part of our legislators and Governor. Simply put, our leaders are failing to act and the lives of NJ residents are being greatly affected.

According to NJSBA President Jeralyn Lawrence, their are 66 Superior Court judicial vacancies and 1 Supreme Court vacancy. There are candidates ready and willing to fill these vacancies. It is time for our government officials to fulfill their responsibilities for the benefit of the citizens of NJ.

Chances are that you or someone you know is being negatively impacted each day these judicial vacancies go infilled. My practice is devoted to family law. It has been my focus for over 20 years. I am committed to guiding my clients through the court system as expeditiously and effectively as possible. Doing so is a promise I make to them when they place their trust and hard earned dollars with me. Our Governor and legislators are hindering my ability to make good on that promise.

So who is being affected? Which of your friends, neighbors, And co-workers are having their lives turned upside down by and understaffed judiciary? Anyone seeking a divorce. Certain counties have stopped accepting new motions and are not scheduling trials. Those wrongfully accused of domestic violence are who are being kept from their homes and children for months. Children and financially dependent spouses who cannot obtain support or enforce support orders already in place. Children who can’t begin or continue college because one or both of their parents can’t be ordered to pay since courts aren’t hearing motions. Real people with real problems are being denied help from the Courts.

For many, it’s already too late to correct the consequences of a derelict government and an understaffed judiciary. But it’s not to late for others. We need our officials to do their jobs; govern for the benefit of our residents.

About Sandy Durst

Sandy Durst, Esq., is the founding partner of The Durst Firm where he heads the Family Law Department. Individuals facing a divorce benefit from the combination of legal skill, common sense and compassion that Sandy brings to each and every matter. Each case is given the personalized attention it deserves.
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