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The recent outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is a public health crisis of unprecedented impact and reach.  The health impact is being closely monitored by health organizations and governments worldwide and we strongly encourage you and those around you to observe the ubiquitous safety measures and guidelines published by the U.S. Government's Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the New Jersey State Department of Health. The Essex County Bar Association's highest priority is the well-being of our members, their families, colleagues and all those who make up this dynamic legal community.  We hope you all remain healthy during this time.

This pandemic daily redefines “business as usual.”  The Essex County Bar Association continues to monitor directives from the State and Federal courts and governments which impact our members and the practice of law.  Although our office is closed, the ECBA is open and working remotely. Our staff is ready and available to continue to service our members. Please feel free to contact staff by email or phone, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

 Wendy E. Deer, Esq.
Executive Director
973.622.6207 ext. 11

Selena Casinelli, Esq.
Assistant Executive Director
973.622.6207 ext. 14

Katiria Ofray
Lawyer Referral Administrator

NJSBA Pandemic Task Force Committee on Law Firm Opening and Operations

Health Screening and Monitoring
Law Office Workplace Logistics
Best Practices Regarding EEO Issues
Multi-Tenanted Facilities
Considerations for Insurance Policyholders

Whistleblower Complaints
Communications Strategies
Legal Liability Considerations
Changes to Handbooks, Policies and Procedures 


Remote Notarization Bill which temporarily allows remote notarization under certain circumstances.  A-3903/S-2336

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
CLE Requirements Update - Order Temporarily Waiving In-Person Requirements

New Jersey Courts
Judicial Directory - Coming Soon

October 15, 2020Cash Payments for Child Support - Limited Reopening of Vicinage Finance Windows
October 8, 2020Ninth Omnibus Order on Court Operations and Legal Practice - Expanding Grand Juries; Excludable Time; Relaxing Pre-indictment Discovery; Provisional New Pre-Indictment Hearing 
September 30, 2020Updated COVID-19 – Virtual Grand Jury Program – (1) Supplement to the
Grand Jury Charge; and (2) Supplement to the Oath of Secrecy
September 22, 2020Additional Guidance on the Requirement to Wear Face Masks in Court Facilities
September 22, 2020Update on Court Operations During Phase 2.5 of the Supreme Court's Post Pandemic Plan
September 17, 2020Eighth Omnibus Notice & Order on Court Operation and Legal Practice
September 17, 2020First New Jury Trials Notice & Order - Additional Information on Statewide Schedule, Selection of Cases, and Options for Virtual Selection
July 24, 2020Seventh Omnibus Order on Court Operations and Legal Practice
July 22, 2020Notice and Order: Resumption of Jury Trials
July 15, 2020In-Person Bar Exam Cancelled; Remote Exam Set for October
July 14, 2020Notice - Amendment of Landlord / Tenant Court Operations Due to COVID-19
July 10, 2020
Sixth Omnibus Order on Court Operations and Legal Practice
June 26, 2020Fifth Omnibus Order on Court Operations and Legal Practice
June 24, 2020Process Change in Some Criminal Matters
June 10, 2020New Jersey Courts Post-Pandemic Plan - Transition from Phase 1 to Phase 2
June 8, 2020Directive #18-20 - Family - Entry of Default and Uncontested Dissolution Judgments Without Personal Appearances (Divorce on the Papers)
May 2020Notice - Family Division, Essex Vicinage: Dissolution on the Papers
May 29, 2020Notice - Third Omnibus Order on Court Operations and Legal Practice
May 22, 2020In the Matter of the Request to Modify Prison Sentences, Expedite Parole Hearings and Identify Vulnerable Prisoners
May 18, 2020Directive #16-20 - Guidance for Megan's Laws Proceedings
May 18, 2020Notice and Order - Clarification of Four Provisions of the Court's Second Omnibus Order Regarding Court Operations
May 11, 2020Supreme Court Opens Municipal Courts for Business
May 11, 2020 Notice and Order – COVID-19 – Electronic Filing in eCourts and the Judiciary Electronic Document Submission (JEDS) System – Attorneys Required to File in eCourts Where Available
May 7, 2020Notice and Order - Temporarily Authorizing Out-of-State Attorneys During COVID-19 to Provide Pro Bono Legal Services Under Supervision
May 1, 2020Directive #13-20 - Sentencing Guidance During the COVID-19 Pandemic
April 2020How to Submit Court Forms and Documents Using JEDS
April 2020How to Submit Court Forms and Documents Using JEDS (pdf)
April 28, 2020Notice - Public Access to Court Events During COVID-19 (Directive #11-20)
April 27, 2020Principles and Protocols for Virtual Court Operations During COVID-19 (Directive 12-20)
April 24, 2020Order - Second Omnibus Order on Court Operations and Legal Practice
April 22, 2020Order - Conducting MESP Sessions Remotely, Updated Instructions and Guidance
April 22, 2020NJ Workers Compensation Court - Notice Regarding Continued Court Closure Until May 11, 2020
April 21, 2020Order - Extending the Filing Deadlines for Certain Tax Appeals
April 20, 2020Notice and Order – Continuation of Remote Court Proceedings; Public Access; Sentencing
April 17, 2020Notice - Tax Court of New Jersey - JEDS System Required for State Tax Appeals Initiating Documents
April 15, 2020Notice - Deadline Extensions and Tolling Periods in the Appellate Division Related to COVID-19
April 13, 2020New Dates Announced for July Bar Exam
April 10, 2020Order – Tolling of Timeframes for Municipal Court Administrator Certification Program During the COVID-19 Crisis (Relaxing Rule 1:41-3)
April 10, 2020Order – Judicial Financial Reporting – Extension of Due Date to August 1, 2020 Because of COVID-19 Crisis
April 10, 2020Order – COVID-19 – Clarifying That Prior Orders Extending Deadlines and Tolling Time Periods Did Not Apply to Pretrial Detention Appeals
April 9, 2020Notice – Judiciary Electronic Document Submission (JEDS) System
April 9, 2020Order – COVID-19 – Permitting Electronic Service by Email on the State of New Jersey – Relaxation of Rule 4:4-4(a)(7)
April 9, 2020Notice and Order – Relaxation of Rule 4:86 Regarding Guardianship of Incapacitated Adults During the COVID-19 Crisis
April 6, 2020Order – Extension of Tax Appeal Deadlines – COVID-19 – Supplemental/Clarifying Order
April 3, 2020Notice – Sexual Assault Survivor Protection Act of 2015 (SASPA) – Procedure for Obtaining a Temporary Protective Order – Modified to Address COVID-19 – Application Packet.
April 1, 2020Directive #10-20 and Supreme Court Order – Process for Search Warrants and Communications Data Warrants in Response to COVID-19
March 31, 2020Notice – COVID-19 – Family Division Re.Conducting MESPs Remotely and the DVEM Program

March 29, 2020

March 27, 2020

Notice to the Bar Re. Omnibus Order

Omnibus Order on COVID-19 Issues

March 25, 2020Order – Rule Relaxation Regarding “Courtesy Copies” of Civil Motion Papers During the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis
March 25, 2020Order - Suspending Depositions and Appearances of Medical Professionals Involved in Addressing COVID-19
March 24, 2020Notice and Order – Emergent Applications During the COVID-19 Crisis – Webpage; New Vicinage Email Mailboxes for Attorneys and Litigants
March 23, 2020Order and Supplemental Order - In the Matter of the Request to Commute or Suspend County Jail Sentences

United States District Court, District of New Jersey

October 2, 2020October 2, 2020 Phase III - Reopening Information
September 23, 2020Second Extension of Standing Order 20-06: Re. Criminal Proceedings via Video and Telephone
September 23, 2020
Second Extension of Standing Order 20-12: Court Operations Under COVID
September 18, 2020Standing Order 20-15:  Temperature Screening Pilot at Trenton Courthouse
September 18, 2020Standing Order 20-14: Protocols for Entrants to All DNJ Courthouses
May 22, 2020Standing Order 20-13:  Use of Face Coverings/Masks Due to COVID-19
May 22, 2020Standing Order 20-12:  Court Operations Under COVID and the Suppression of Standing Orders 2020-02, 2020-03, 2020-04, and 2020-09
April 2, 2020Amended Standing Order 20-06
March 30, 2020Pro Se Help Desk Information
March 30, 2020Standing Order 20-07: Expanded Use of Electronic Signatures Due to the Exigent Circumstances Created By Covid-19
March 30, 2020Standing Order 20-06: Video Conferencing and Teleconferencing for Criminal Proceedings Under the CARE Act
March 26, 2020Standing Order 20-05:  Closing of the Newark Courthouses Through April 6
March 25, 2020Remote Hearing Guidelines
March 24, 2020Standing Order 20-04: Additional Measures Due to the Exigent Circumstances Created By COVID-19 45 Day Extension for Discovery and Filings in Civil Matters
March 18, 2020
(Updated Order)
Reduced Hours - Clerks Office Public Counter
March 16, 2020Standing Order 20-03: Additional Measures Due to the Exigent Circumstances Created By COVID-19
March 16, 2020Standing Order 20-02: Court Operations Under the Exigent Circumstances Created By Covid-19

United States Bankruptcy Court, District of New Jersey

October 5, 2020Important Notice Re. COVID-19 Recovery Guidelines (Phase III)
September 8, 2020U.S. Trustee Program Extends Telephonic or Video Section 341 Meetings
September 8, 2020Important Notice Concerning Amended General Order Re. Court Operations Under the Exigent Circumstances Created by COVID-19
July 31, 2020Important Notice Concerning AMENDED General Order Regarding Court Operations Under the Exigent Circumstances Created by Coronavirus (COVID-19)
June 29, 2020Important Notice to the Bar and Public Concerning District of New Jersey COVID-19 Recovery Guidelines (Phase II) 
June 1, 2020Notice to the Bar Concerning Fifth Amended General Order 6-1-20 Package
May 1, 2020Notice to the Bar - Amended General Order Regarding Court Operations
April 6, 2020Notice to the Bar and Public and AMENDED General Order Regarding Court Operations
March 2020Information Regarding Court Operations & Procedures During COVID-19
March 30, 2020Notice Re. Telephonic Chapter 7, Section 341 Meetings in the Dist. of N.J.
March 27, 2020Amended General Order Regarding Court Operations Under the Exigent Circumstances Created by COVID-19

United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit


September 25, 2020Notice Regarding Operations to Address the COVID Pandemic
April 13, 2020Amended - Clerk's Office Accepting Original Proceedings and Case Filing from Non-Electronic Filers by Email
April 1, 2020Clerk's Office Accepting Original Proceedings and Case Filing from Non-Electronic Filers by Email
March 19, 2020Press Release Re. Court Operations
March 17, 2020Notice Regarding Operations to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic


Business Continuity & Recovery Resources

Wiss & Company, LLP

PKF O'Connor Davies, LLP

Marcum LLP

  CARES Act Business Tax Provisions - Article

  How can law firms stay afloat during the novel coronavirus?  
  ABA Journal

  COVID-19 Highlights Need for Tech Savvy in the Profession
  New Jersey Law Journal

  COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus Information for NJ Businesses


Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

New Jersey Department of Health

Additional resources for general questions about COVID-19:
Call: 2-1-1
Call (24/7): 1-800-962-1253
Text: NJCOVID to 898-211

  Coping During COVID-19
  (Centers for Disease Control)

  Mental Health Resources for Attorneys
  (American Bar Association)

  New Jersey Lawyers Assistance Program

  Tips for Working from Home
  (New Jersey State Bar Association)

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