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).

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  • ACLU-NJ v. NJ County Prosecutors’ Association

    Challenge to CPANJ's records request denial
  • ACLU-NJ v. Smith Ellis

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

    Challenge to the NJDOC and NJDOE’s failure to provide, and monitor the provision of, appropriate special education and related services to young people with disabilities in adult prisons in violation of federal law
  • Arriaga Reyes, et al. v. Decker, et al.

    Habeas corpus petition seeking release from ICE custody on behalf of five individuals held at the Hudson County and Bergen County Jails based on their medical vulnerabilities to COVID-19.
  • Asbury Park Press v. Township of Neptune

    Amicus brief in support of public access to police internal affairs records.
  • Bland & Bland v. Del Mauro, Et Al.

    An appeal seeking to review and reverse an award of qualified immunity to defendant police officers on a summary judgment motion, in an action brought by the plaintiff under the New Jersey Civil Rights Act, where the facts of the police shooting are in dispute.
  • FOP Newark Lodge 12 v. City of Newark

    Amicus briefs supporting the creation of and powers granted to the Newark Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB)
  • 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.
  • Harris v. Newark

    The ACLU-NJ joined this case as amicus on the sole issue of whether a denial of qualified immunity to defendant law enforcement as part of a summary judgment motion is appealable on an interlocutory basis in New Jersey state court.
  • 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: Attorney General Law Enforcement Directive Nos. 2020-05 and 2020-06

    Police union challenge to AG directives ordering the public disclosure of the identities of officers sanctioned for serious disciplinary violations.
  • Juan R. v. U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

    Challenge to mass transfers of individuals in ICE custody with existing attorney-client relationships to distant detention facilities
  • 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.
  • Ocean County v. Grewal

    Amicus brief in support of the Attorney General’s power to implement the Immigrant Trust Directive
  • 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.
  • Salazar, et al. v. Tsoukaris, et al.

    Habeas corpus petition seeking release from ICE custody on behalf of two individuals held at the Essex County Correctional Facility based on their medical vulnerabilities to COVID-19.
  • Securus v. Murphy

    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.
  • Sonia Doe v. NJ Department of Corrections

    Challenge under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination and New Jersey Constitution to the Department of Corrections' mistreatment of a woman because she is transgender, including housing her for over a year and a half in men’s prisons.
  • State v. Andujar

    In this novel case, the ACLU-NJ argued that the State’s unlawful and racial use of its law enforcement power against a qualified Black potential juror, F.G., by running a criminal background check on him and later having him arrested from the courthouse on a municipal warrant as a replacement for having to show cause for dismissal or using preemptory challenges resulted in an unfair trial. The State’s abuse of its law enforcement power deprived a criminal defendant of equal protection and his right to trial by an impartial jury, and a New Jerseyan of his right to serve as a juror.
  • State v. Bailey

    Amicus brief addressing whether the retroactive application of the newly enacted crime-fraud exception to the marital communications privilege violates the ex post facto clauses of the federal and state constitutions.
  • State v. Collado

    Case asking the court to apply the exclusionary rule to violations of the “knock-and-announce” requirement in search warrants.
  • State v. Comer

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

    Amicus brief in a challenge to the new jury selection procedures set up as a result of COVID-19
  • State v. Lodzinski

    Amicus brief addressing whether courts, in considering the sufficiency of the evidence, must look at evidence put forth by the defendant.
  • State v. Maisonet

    Amicus brief challenging the court’s decision to deny defendant’s request for an adjournment to hire counsel of choice, where the court did not consider the necessary factors in making the decision.
  • State v. Mark Melvin

    Amicus brief addressing whether a sentencing judge may consider a defendant’s conduct where the jury acquitted defendant of the underlying crime?
  • State v. Myers, State v. Nyema

    Police stopped a car based on a vague race-based description of people who committed a robbery. Our amicus brief on behalf of clergy detailed the harm caused by such stops and urged to Court to create a rule that would prohibit them.
  • State v. Olenowski

    Amicus brief addressing the scientific reliability of Drug Recognition Evaluation (DRE) testimony.
  • State v. Paden-Battle

    Amicus brief addressing whether a sentencing judge may consider a defendant’s conduct where the jury acquitted defendant of the underlying crime?
  • State v. Roman-Rosado

    Amicus brief addressing the abuse of low level traffic stops by police officers as tools to justify arbitrary and discriminatory invasions into the privacy rights of New Jerseyans.
  • State v. Zarate

    Amicus brief addressing sentencing of 14 year old convicted of murder.
  • U.S. v. State of New Jersey et al.

    Amicus brief supporting the State of New Jersey’s motion to dismiss the United States’ lawsuit challenging New Jersey’s Immigrant Trust Directive.
  • Wragg, et al. v. Ortiz, et al.

    Federal habeas class action on behalf of people confined at FCI Fort Dix who are especially vulnerable to COVID-19.

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