Order Authorizing Immediate Release of Defendants Arrested on Municipal Court Bench Warrants for Failure to Appear and Failure to Pay […]

In the beginning of 2017, New Jersey initiated a sweeping overhaul of the state’s cash bail system, and this move inspired a ripple effect of municipal court reforms statewide (including fines and fees reform).

In the summer of 2018, the top judge in Middlesex County, NJ ordered the release of individuals who were arrested and detained for failure to appear in municipal court over low-level offenses, like failure to pay parking tickets. His order acknowledged “negative consequences” that arrests for failure to appear and failure to pay can impose “upon an individual and their families,” and held that “it is in the interest of justice to establish a process for immediate release” of such individuals.

You can read the full text of the order here (embedded at the bottom of this article).

Judge Alberto Rivas, Superior Court of New Jersey