Monthly Archives: April 2012

Memo prohibiting judges from teaching at “for profit” CLEs

The Court this week has issued a memo prohibiting judges from teaching for the myriad of “for profit” CLEs that have sprung up since MCLE was instituted. However, teaching for non-profit CLEs such as NJ-ICLE is not effected. As such, I am glad to report that “DWI Update”, and therefore you, will continue to benefit from the perspective of some of the State’s finest jurists. 


Jeff Gold

Municipal Court Trial Certification

The Supreme Court approved a Municipal Court Trial Certification last year and today announced the formation of the requisite Municipal Court Certification Committee which will oversee the application and examination process. 


Joe Rodgers (chairperson) first term expires 12/31/2014  
Jeffrey Gold – first term expires 12/31/2014
Joseph Rem, Jr. – first term expires 12/31/2014
Edward Kologi – first term expires 12/31/2012
Michelle Alcalde – first term expires 12/31/2013
Sharon Moore – first term expires 12/31/2012
Louis Sancinito – first term expires 12/31/2013

Court should not let a defendant represent him/herself without a lot of good advice

In State v King, decided today, the NJ Supreme Court held that for a trial
 court to find that a defendant's waiver of counsel is made "knowingly and
 intelligently" , it has the duty inform a defendant of :
 (1) the charges to be tried,
 (2) the statutory defenses to those charges,
 (3) the potential sentencing exposure that accompanies those charges,
 (4) the risks defendant faces and the problems he may encounter
 (5) a pro se defendant's obligation to follow the applicable rules of
 procedure and evidence as would a licensed attorney and that
 (6) that in the event of a conviction, he will not be able to seek
 post-conviction relief alleging he had been deprived of the effective
 assistance of counsel. 

 Jeff Gold