On April 8, 2020, the New Jersey Division of Workers’ Compensation issued a Notice to the Bar addressing the Workers’ Compensation Court closings during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Notice indicates that all New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Courts will remain closed to the public and non-essential employees through April 27, 2020.
The Supervising Judge in each vicinage has been designated an essential employee. These Judges will continue to hear all listed matters via telephonic conferencing and/or videoconferencing when available. In person court appearances will only be permitted for extremely limited and emergent Motions for Medical and Temporary Disability Benefits. All Motions for Medical and Temporary Disability Benefits will be adjudicated in accordance with Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 109, which indefinitely suspends all elective surgeries and invasive procedures to limit the spread of COVID-19. A surgery or procedure is considered elective if it can be delayed without undue risk to the current or future health of the patient. Executive Order 109 may slow the progression of litigated claims throughout the Division while the Parties wait until necessary medical care can be safely provided.
Click here for a full copy of the Court’s Notice to the Bar, dated April 8, 2020.
Click here for a full copy of Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 109, dated March 25, 2020.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please click here to contact a member of the Firm’s Workers’ Compensation Department.