Gov. Christie signs bail reform legislation
Gov. Chrisitie has signed the legislation setting up a vote this November on the constitutional amendment needed to implement a risk based pretrial release system that moves away from the settting of money bail.
Supreme Court upholds reversal of conviction in the rap lyrics case
The NJ Supreme Court ruled that the trial judge erroneously admitted violent lyrics from a rap song written by the defendant and therefore upheld the reversal of his conviction. ADPD Jason Coe successfully argued the case on behalf of Vonte Skinner.
Bail reform legislation passes the Senate and the Assembly
Governor Christie will sign legislation on Monday designed to overhaul the bail system from a money based to a risk based one. Hopefully, this will mean that our clients will not sit in jail simply because they cannot make even minimal bails.
12 new attorneys set to start in September
The NJOPD is adding 12 new attorneys this fall to fill vacancies created by retirements and resignations. It is an extremely talented group that survived a very competitive hiring process.
OPD hiring update
Since July 1, 2011, the Public Defender's Office has hired 421 new employees including 154 attorneys, 121 investigators, and 154 clerical support staff.
Daniel Derasmo and Tiffany Sawyer named Family Reunification Heroes
OPD staff attorneys Daniel Derasmo (OPR) and Tiffany Sawyer (OLG) were named Family Reunification Day Heroes at the annual event sponsored by Legal Services on June 23, 2014.
OLG Burlington celebrates new office space
Our Burlington Law Guardian Office in Mt. Holly celebrated its new office with a ribbon cutting ceremony and lunch on June 17. Public Defender Krakora and Assistant Public Defender Augostini were invited guests.
Rave reviews for the NACDL National Forensic College
OPD attorneys who attended last week's forensic college in New York found it to be extremely useful training. We will be making the materials available to our attorneys.
OPD attorneys selected for National Criminal Defense College
OPD staff attorneys Ian Silvera (Bergen) and Melissa Karabulut (Middlesex) have been accepted into the June session of the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia.
OPD to participate in NACDL National Forensic College
We have been invited to participate in this 6 day program in NYC. It will run from June 8 to June 13 and cover important topics such as digital evidence, DNA, pattern evidence, false confessions and eyewitness identification. We will be sending 4 attorneys per day.
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