TRENTON, NJ (KYW Newsradio) -- The highest court in New Jersey has cleared the docket of over 750,000 municipal court warrants for minor offenses dating back more than 15 years.
The dismissals follow the suggestion of a three judge panel that the move be taken in the name of fairness and to better use what limited resources are available to track those wanted people down.
Judge Glenn Grant, chief administrator for New Jersey’s Courts, told KYW Newsradio, “The court, after considering all of the equities associated with public safety, the negative impact that it has on some of these individuals and the likelihood of success all warranted this dismissal process.”
We’re talking offenses like speeding or a parking violation for the most part.
While the order throws out the arrest warrant, those drivers still have some work to do to get back on the good side of the law, according to Chief Administrative Judge Glenn Grant.
“The ticket has been dismissed,” Judge Grant added. “They now have to the Motor Vehicle Commission to get their license restored.”
The state court system is considering other moves to cut down on the backlog, including expanding other offenses that could be dismissed and doing these reviews on a more regular basis.
An online link can help drivers determine if their warrant is among those dismissed by the high court’s order.