On March 30, 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 the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Courts will reopen on Monday, April 6, 2020 on a limited basis. The Workers’ Compensation Courts were originally shutdown from March 17, 2020 through April 3, 2020 due to concerns regarding the spread of the coronavirus. During this period of time, only Emergent Motions for Medical Benefits were to be heard by the Director/Chief Judge. As of April 6, 2020, the Court’s Supervising Judges will return to their assigned venues. The Judges will hear matters by telephonic conferencing and/or videoconferencing when available. To the extent possible, the Supervising Judges will handle emergent matters, pre-trial conferences, motions for medical and temporary disability benefits, as well as settlements by Affidavit. The Workers’ Compensation courts will continue to be closed to the public and to non-essential Court personnel until April 13, 2020. The Division of Workers’ Compensation will be providing new hearing dates for any matters that were listed between March 17, 2020 and April 3, 2020.
Click here for a full copy of the Court’s Notice to the Bar, dated March 30, 2020.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please click here to contact a member of the Firm’s Workers’ Compensation Department.