Legal Docket

This docket describes the numerous and varied civil liberties issues which the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey is currently involved in (open cases) or has been involved in (closed cases). Use the drop down menus below to sort the cases by issue and case status (open/closed).

  • ACLU-NJ v. Hendricks

    Challenge to New Jersey tax dollars used to support religious schools.
  • Adam X v. New Jersey Department of Corrections and Department of Education

    Challenge to DOC for failing to provide appropriate education to students with special education needs in violation of IDEA.
  • Curto et al. v. A Country Place Condominium Association

    Fair Housing Act challenge to a condominium association's discriminatory policy of segregating the community's shared swimming pool by gender.
  • Freedom From Religion Foundation v. Morris County Freeholders

    Amicus brief in challenge to Morris County’s use of taxpayers’ money for church repairs, which violated the New Jersey State Constitution.
  • Ganzweig v. Ocean Co. Prosecutor’s Office

    Amicus brief in support of a person who requested a police dashcam recording under the Open Public Records Act.
  • Holland et al. v. Rosen et al.

    Amicus brief, joined by the National ACLU and other civil rights group, in challenge to a federal lawsuit challenging bail reform.
  • In re N.J.A.C. 6A:8

    Challenge to discriminatory regulations requiring certain scores on PARCC standardized tests to receive diploma.
  • In the matter of Records Expungement of T.B.

    Amicus brief addressing eligibility for expungement of criminal records following successful completion of drug court.
  • Kean Federation of Teachers v. Morell, et al.

    Amicus brief in challenge to Kean University Board of Trustees violation of the Open Public Meetings Act ("OPMA") by not promptly releasing their closed session meeting minutes, as required by law, and by failing to give advance notice to university faculty that would be impacted by the closed session meeting.
  • Kneisser v. McInerney

    Challenge to a man put in jail for not paying a fine for littering same day as court date.
  • Latino Coalition, Fair Schools Red Bank v. Red Bank Charter School

    Challenge to the re-chartering of Red Bank Charter School due to segregative impact.
  • Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights v. Atlantic City Board of Education

    Challenge to the Board of Ed.'s refusal to comply with OPRA requests from out of state requestors.
  • Martinez v. Nielsen

    Federal lawsuit challenging the detention and deportation of a man picked up by ICE at his scheduled green card interview.
  • N.J. Division of Child Protection v. J.J.

    Amicus brief in support of the right to self-representation in termination of parental rights cases.
  • Paff v. OCPO

    The ACLU-NJ filed an amicus brief in support of a public records requester seeking access to police dashboard camera footage.
  • Pangemanan et al. v. Tsoukaris et al.

    The ACLU-NJ filed a federal class action lawsuit seeking a temporary restraining order halting the deportations of Indonesian Christian residents of Central Jersey.
  • Petition for Rule Making Regarding Student Eligibility for Financial Aid

    Petition to financial aid agency to amend regulations to specify that student citizens can prove residency in New Jersey through the high school they attended or where they are registered to vote.
  • Petro Lubricant Testing v. Adelman

    As a friend of the Court, the ACLU-NJ asked the New Jersey Supreme Court to affirm the Appellate Division's holding that the single publication rule applied to internet publications.
  • Securus v. Christie

    Amicus brief in support of a motion to dismiss a challenge brought by one phone vendor, Securus, to a state law that caps phone rates in correctional facilities and prohibits facility commissions from vendors.
  • State in the interest of C.K.

    Amicus brief in challenge to the lifetime registration provisions of Megan’s Law as applied to people who committed their crimes between the ages of 14 and 18.
  • State in the interest of J.A.

    Amicus brief in challenge to a case where the police searched a home without a warrant based on information they had from a robbery victim’s “Find My iPhone” application.
  • State v. Brian Farmer

    Amicus brief in challenge to the state's scope of consent to search cellphones.
  • State v. Camey

    Amicus brief addressing state’s argument under the “inevitable discovery doctrine” that evidence should not be suppressed because if the police had not acted unconstitutionally, they would have acted constitutionally.
  • State v. Chisum & Woodard

    Amicus brief challenging officers’ detention of hotel guests to perform warrant checks in response to a noise complaint, raising issues of implicit racial bias.
  • State v. Comer

    Challenge to the constitutionality of the use of de facto sentences of life without parole for juveniles.
  • State v. Dickerson

    Amicus brief challenge to the proper scope of pretrial detention discovery.
  • State v. Fede

    Amicus brief challenging defendant’s obstruction conviction when all he did was fail to assist officers’ entry into his home and instead said “get a warrant.”
  • State v. Gathers

    Amicus brief in challenge to the circumstances under which the state can collect DNA from someone in detention.
  • State v. Green

    Amicus brief addressing applicability of requirement that police record details of identification procedure to electronic databases.
  • State v. Hamlett

    Amicus brief in challenge to evidence obtained from one warrantless and one improper search.
  • State v. Hyppolite

    Amicus brief addressing appropriate remedy for a prosecutor’s failure to provide required exculpatory information prior to a detention hearing.
  • State v. J.L.G.

    Amicus brief challenge to the use of the scientific reliability of so-called Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome
  • State v. L.H.

    Challenge to police failure to document conversations between officers and witnesses making eyewitness identifications.
  • State v. Melendez

    Amicus brief in challenge to Hudson County’s practice of using coerced statements as evidence in a criminal case against a defendant.
  • State v. Mosley

    Amicus brief in challenge to the probation revocation process in New Jersey.
  • State v. Nelson

    Amicus brief challenging the lawfulness of a canine sniff that adds 37 minutes to a traffic stop.
  • State v. Rodriguez

    Petition for Certification addressing the requirements of criminal lawyers to advise their clients of immigration consequences of guilty pleas.
  • State v. Sanchez-Medina

    Amicus brief in challenge to the use of a criminal defendant's immigration status to undermine his credibility.
  • State v. Terry

    Amicus brief in challenge to an unconstitutional search during a traffic stop.
  • State v. Tillery

    Amicus brief in challenge to New Jersey state courts' use of non-convicted conduct as a factor in sentencing.
  • State v. Wint

    Amicus brief in support of the proposition that once a pretrial detainee asks for a lawyer, police cannot re-interrogate him or her without counsel present, unless he or she re-initiates the interrogation.

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