NJ High Court Could Upend Crucial Judicial Stop-Gap

By Martin Bricketto (April 23, 2015, 8:10 PM EDT) -- A case coming before the New Jersey Supreme Court on Tuesday that tests the long-standing use of retired judges who are 70 or older for temporary assignments could shake the court system's ability to efficiently handle cases and worsen backlogs amid ongoing judicial vacancies, attorneys say.

The high court will hear arguments in criminal defendant James Buckner's challenge to the "recall" of onetime judges who have reached a constitutional retirement age of 70, which produced a split, published decision from the state Appellate Division last year. There's no question that the stakes are high, according to Peter Verniero, a former state...

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