The Supreme Court of New Jersey adopts a rule making it more imperative that criminal defendants retain counsel as soon as possible.
The Supreme Court of New Jersey adopted amendments to Rule 3:4-2(c) making it even more important for individuals charged with indictable offenses in the Superior Courts of New Jersey to retain counsel as soon as possible. This is effective as of May 10, 2017.
At the defendant’s first appearance, if the prosecutor is not seeking pretrial detention, the prosecutor shall provide the defendant with a copy of any available preliminary law enforcement incident report concerning the offense and [any material used to establish] the affidavit of probable cause;
If the prosecutor IS seeking pretrial detention, the prosecutor shall provide the defendant with [all statements or reports in its possession relating to the pretrial detention application. All exculpatory evidence must be disclosed.] This includes a long list of possible materials and evidence the State plans to use against the defendant.