Current important court decisions and news
News alerts published by the New Jersey Judiciary that impact court functions, schedules, and procedures.
Decisions of the New Jersey Supreme Court, the highest court of the State of New Jersey. This decisions become law of the State unless overturned by the United States Supreme Court or ratification to the New Jersey Constitution.
Decision made in the New Jersey Superior Court – the trial court – can be appealed to the New Jersey Appellate Court. Three judges decide cases on matters of law. Unless overturned by the New Jersey Supreme Court, these opinions decide the interpretation of law and can create law.
The highest court of the United States, the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., has the final say on all Federal matters and State actions that scope into Federal jurisdiction. The Supreme Court's decisions become law. Only an amendment to the United States Constitution can overturn the Court's ruling.
Matters from the United States District Courts are appealed to the United States Court of Appeals. A three-judge panel hears matters and writes final court decisions. These decisions become Federal law. Appeals from the U.S. Court of Appeals are made to the U.S. Supreme Court.